The Macau Special Administrative Region (MSAR) is committed to the construction of a world tourism and leisure centre and to its role as a service platform for trade cooperation between China and Portuguese-speaking countries, as well as in the construction of the “Belt and Road” initiative and the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Great Bay, the MSAR’s Chief Executive said on Thursday in Bangkok.
Chui Sai On said that his government gives great importance to its scientific nature and its advantages as a platform to reach a new level of economic growth and also intends to strengthen the development work of Chinese traditional industry and the Science and Traditional Chinese Medicine Industry Park between Guangdong and Macau.
The Chief Executive was speaking at the inauguration of the International Forum for the Development of Traditional Medicine 2018 (Thailand), held in Bangkok, to promote the role of Macau as a platform between China and ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) member countries and research in the field of traditional medicine, along with staff training in this industry, while deepening cooperation between the Macau SAR and Thailand.
The Chief Executive noted the 40-year diplomatic relations between China and Thailand and recalled that the major strategy for the construction of the “Silk Route and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Route Economic Belt” had been the immediate focus of international attention when it was announced by President Xi Jinping in 2013.
The initiative has had the support and participation of Thailand, Chui Sai On said, highlighting the fact that the country is geographically strategic because it is located in the centre and south of the Indochina peninsula. Thailand is therefore important both on land, because it is part of the economic belt of the silk route, and the sea, because it is an essential point on the maritime silk route.
The delegation of Macau, headed up by the Chief Executive, is due on Friday to conclude visits to Cambodia and Thailand that began on 7 May. His delegation includes the Secretary for Administration and Justice, Sonia Chan, the Secretary for Economy and Finance, Lionel Leong, the Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture, Alexis Tam, members of the Executive Council, representatives of the Chinese overseas community and the young people of Macau. (macauhub)