The Government of the Macau Special Administrative Region will actively collaborate with the plan suggested by Portugal for the future expansion of the Macau Portuguese School (EPM), said the region’s Chief Executive.
Chui Sai On, welcoming the President of Portugal at a ceremony held at the government headquarters, noted that the friendship and history between Macau and Portugal promote the development of the city, especially in the areas of Portuguese-based culture, language and education, and highlighted the importance of the development of Portuguese language teaching in Macau.
In addition to announcing that the Macau government has agreed to the suggestion made by the Portuguese authorities for the expansion of EPM, the Chief Executive restated his continued support for the school and indicated that a government-appointed work team will contact the school to discuss the future expansion plan.
Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa emphasised the importance given by the Macau Government to the development of Portuguese culture and language teaching, and thanked the authorities for their support for the future expansion of the EPM, which will not only increase the number of students but also improve the level of dissemination of Portuguese language and culture to more people.
The Portuguese president also told Chui Sai On he hopes Portugal and Macau would jointly promote bilateral cooperation in the areas of economy and finance.
Before this meeting, the President of the Portuguese Republic visited the Santa Casa de Misericórdia of Macau and accompanied by the Macau Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture, Alexis Tam, strolled from Senado Square to the Ruins of São Paulo.
Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa may return to China and Macau before the end of the year to attend the twentieth-anniversary celebrations of the transition of the territory’s administration to China, he said. (Macauhub)