Macau and Portugal intend to increase bilateral cooperation

22 October 2018

Macau and Portugal intend to increase cooperation in the areas of economy, trade, culture, language and education, according to statements issued on Friday at the end of the 5th meeting of the Macau-Portugal Joint Commission.

Macau Chief Executive Chui Sai On said that a retrospective analysis had been conducted of the results of cooperation in the areas of education, language and culture and the construction of a trade cooperation platform between China and Portugal, as well as cooperation.

Chui Sai On revealed that Macau will help Portuguese entrepreneurs to move to the cities included in the Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao Greater Bay area, in order to increase exchange and help those companies to take advantage of the opportunities arising from with the development of both the Greater Bay and the Belt and Road initiative.

Young entrepreneurship will serve as a starting point for cooperation, with a view to developing the platform of the “entrepreneurship centre for young people in China and Portuguese-speaking countries,” said Chui, who added that in 2019 they young entrepreneurs from Portugal will be invited to exhibit their products and businesses in Macau.

The Chief Executive recalled that 2019 would mark the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the People’s Republic of China, the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the PRC and the Republic of Portugal, and the 20th anniversary of Macau’s return to China.

The Portuguese Minister for Foreign Affairs said the parties discussed various cooperation projects, that the work of safeguarding consumer rights would be promoted in the economic area, and that Portugal would help Macau to work with the official entities of the Portuguese-speaking countries.

In higher education, Augusto Santos Silva said that representatives of Portuguese-speaking universities will exchange with higher education institutions in Macau to discuss the mutual recognition of academic degrees and titles, as well as the granting of scholarships. (macauhub)