Forum Macau discusses future at seminar to mark 15th anniversary

20 March 2018

The origin of Forum Macau, its development and future will be under review in Macau on Wednesday at a seminar to mark the 15th anniversary of the institution’s establishment.

The seminar will be divided into four blocks moderated by the Secretary-General of the Forum, Xu Yingzhen and the three Deputy Secretaries General, Echo Chan, Rodrigo Brum and Ding Tian.

The first panel moderated by Xu Yingzhen will address the origin, development and future of Forum Macau and will include the participation of former Chinese Deputy Ministers of Commerce Chan Jiang and An Min and representatives of Guinea Bissau, Portugal, Sao Tome and Principe and Timor-Leste (East Timor), who will discuss the possibilities of liasing and relationships for small-scale multilateral mechanisms, with the China’s policy of opening up to the world.

The second panel, moderated by Echo Chan, will focus on the role of Forum Macau and its contribution to the construction of the Macau platform in conjunction with the “Belt and Road” and the construction of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Great Bay and how the Portuguese-speaking countries and Macau can benefit from these initiatives. This panel will include representatives from the Portuguese-speaking countries, mainland China and Macau.

Three-way cooperation and promotion of trade in services and e-commerce will be discussed in the panel on areas and models of cooperation promoted by Forum Macau and will be led by Rodrigo Brum with the presence of diplomats from Angola, Brazil, Cabo Verde (Cape Verde), Portugal , Mozambique and Sao Tome and Principe.

The last panel of the conference to discuss the future development of Forum Macau and moderated by Ding Tian, will be attended by Secretaries General and Deputy Secretaries General who headed up the Forum in the past.

At the beginning of the conference, the Secretary for Economy and Finance of Macau, Leong Vai Tac, the Deputy Director of the Liaison Office of the Central Government of China in Macau, Yao Jian and the Director-General of the Department of Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau Affairs at the Ministry of Commerce of China (MOFCOM), Sun Tong, are among the official who will speak. (macauhub)