The director of the Macau Trade and Investment Promotion Institute (IPIM), Gloria Batalha Ung, will be appointed to the position of deputy secretary-general of Forum Macau, taking on both roles, according to a statement from the office of the Macau Secretary’s for the Economy and Finance.
The official statement said that taking on both roles will help to pool the resources of Forum Macau and IPIM, further increasing the support of the institution in the development of economic and trade exchange activities between China and the Portuguese-speaking countries.
Ung, who will take office in May, will replace Echo Chan Keng Hong who leaves the position at her request for personal reasons.
Echo Chan, an advisor to the cabinet of the Government’s Office for the Economy and Finance, has been deputy secretary-general of Forum Macau since January 2017. In 2015 she took on similar duties for 10 months before asking to step down from the role also for personal reasons.
Forum Macau is headed by China-appointed secretary-general Xu Yingzhen and has three deputy secretaries-general appointed by China (Ding Tian), Macau (Echo Chan) and the Portuguese-speaking countries (Rodrigo Brum). (macauhub)