President of China acknowledges Macau and Hong Kong’s contribution to the reform and opening up process

13 November 2018

Chinese President Xi Jinping acknowledged the contribution and role of Macau and Hong Kong over the last 40 years of reform and opening up of the country, the Macau Chief Executive said on Monday in Beijing.

Chui Sai On also noted that Macau is responding to the country’s needs and leveraging its strengths, in partnership with the central government, to promote China’s reform and opening up as a starting point for achieving more ambitious goals.

Chui Sai On expressed satisfaction that the President had received the Macau delegation and also revealed that during the meeting, Xi Jinping gave a retrospective on the efforts and contributions made by various sectors of Macau and Hong Kong to reform and national openness over the last 40 years, through which they have supported and participated in the country’s development.

Xi Jinping also pointed out that these individuals from different sectors had played a leading role, namely in leading investment and investing in industries, demonstrating the market economy, promoting the reform of the system, as a bridge to openness to bilateral relations in pilot and pioneering projects and as a benchmark for the management of cities.

In taking stock of the participation in the activities commemorating the 40th anniversary of the National Reform and Opening-up, the Chief Executive said that Macau’s role as a platform is quite visible, as it offers advantages in the area of ​​tourism in general and the close connection it has with the Portuguese-speaking countries.

Macau is currently working on building the “World Tourism and Leisure Centre” and the “Service Platform for Trade Cooperation between China and Portuguese-speaking Countries,” and at the same time is deeply committed to the “Belt and Road” and the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay, said Chui Sai On.

Regarding Macao’s participation and support in the construction of the “Belt and Road” initiative, the Chief Executive noted that the government has been in dialogue with the National Development and Reform Commission to sign an agreement, which is due to be made official soon. (macauhub)