The Secretary-General of Forum Macau, Xu Yingzhen, said that in the future, more efforts will be made to enable entrepreneurs from the organisations’ eight member countries to take advantage of the potential offered to them.
Speaking on Wednesday on the 15th anniversary of the creation of Forum Macau, the Secretary-General said that the main purpose of the Forum is to support the business sectors in China and the eight countries represented in the institution in their pursuit of business and partnerships.
The Secretary-General acknowledged, however, that much more needs to be done to broaden contacts with associations and to publicise what the Forum can do to support and strengthen economic relations.
Xu noted that during the seminar most of the interventions by members of the government of the eight countries were in line with the purpose of the Forum which is to cooperate with the business sector.
The Secretary-General recalled that the Forum promotes a variety of activities and has taken part in many events in China and Portuguese-speaking countries so that the business sector can have access to more information on business and investment opportunities but also admitted that there is a need for greater intervention and more work.
“We still have a long way to go, but we will concentrate our efforts on new objectives, injecting a new vitality into the institution,” Xu said.
The Guinea-Bissau ambassador to China, Malam Sambu, argued in one of the panels of the seminar that there was a need for better organisation and coordination of the eight Portuguese-speaking countries with one another to deepen trade and economic cooperation and take advantage of what the Forum can offer.
At the opening of the seminar, the Secretary for Economy and Finance of Macau, Leong Vai Tac said that the government will continue to support the work of Forum Macau in order to make the Special Administrative Region a platform for economic and trade relations between China and the Portuguese-speaking countries.
Leong also said that the construction of a service complex dedicated to China’s relations with the eight Portuguese-speaking countries is underway and Forum Macau will be based there.
The transfer to Macau of the Cooperation Fund and Macau’s decision to become a clearing centre for the Renminbi were also mentioned by Leong in his speech as important aspects of Macau’s role as a platform.
Secretary Leong Vai Tak also said that all these measures are signs of the central government’s support for Macau and the Forum. (macauhub)