Portugal plans to open a consulate in Guangzhou, the third in China, after Beijing and Shanghai, and this will be the first Portuguese diplomatic representation to be opened in 13 years, Portuguese radio broadcaster TSF reported.
Portugal’s ambassador to China, José Augusto Duarte, told the radio station that the opening of this new diplomatic representation was a long-standing ambition as the Guangzhou region is one of the most prosperous in China.
Consul André Sobral Cordeiro said that opening a representation in that city could facilitate business contacts.
“The presence of a consulate in Guangzhou allows bureaucratic matters to be handled locally, which means that companies, instead of having to send employees elsewhere to deal with things as simple as recognising a signature or issuing a power of attorney, can do it locally, saving time and costs and promoting business more effectively, “said Sobral Cordeiro.
The decision to open a consulate in Guangzhou was announced in August 2016, according to a statement from the Council of Ministers announcing that the new consulate-general will have jurisdiction over the provinces of Guangdong, Hainan, Hunan, Fujian and the Autonomous Region of Guangxi Zhuang. (macauhub)