Forum Macau unanimously approved the work plan for 2019, which clearly states the need to increase cooperation with the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area (GBA).
Promoting trade and investment, fostering cooperation on productive capacity, training of human resources, cultural exchanges between China and Portuguese-speaking countries, support to the construction of Macau as a Service Platform for Trade Cooperation between China and Portuguese-speaking Countries.
Support was also given to Macau’s role as a platform through better use of the territory’s location as an integral part of the GBA.
Forum Macau Secretary-General Xu Yingzhen said that “the Forum will cooperate with the Macau government to strengthen cooperation with Brazil and Portugal as well as with the cities of the Greater Bay.”
Xu also announced that the next business meeting between China and Portuguese-speaking countries will take place in July in São Tomé and Príncipe, a country that joined the organisation in March 2017, three months after reopening diplomatic relations with China.
The Secretary-General of Forum Macau confirmed that the 6th Ministerial Conference of the Forum will take place only in 2020 but did not give dates.
The postponement of the conference is due to the fact that a new Chief Executive of Macau and his government will be appointed by the end of the year. As well as this, the construction of the new building that will house Forum Macau will be completed only in 2020.
The meeting was attended by the new members of the Permanent Office, namely the secretary-general appointed by the Macau government, Casimiro de Jesus Pinto, and the new delegate of São Tomé and Príncipe, Gika Makeba da Graça Simão.
A statement from Forum Macau said that representatives of the eight Portuguese-speaking countries and China, in this case the officials of the departments responsible for the affairs of Forum Macau of the Ministry of Trade of the People’s Republic of China, and the Trade Delegation and the Department for Economic Affairs of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the territory. (Macauhub)