Macau’s culture, with its unique historical and human characteristics, the result of hundreds of years of exchange between Chinese and Western culture, contributes to the cultural construction of the Greater Bay, Macau’s Chief Executive said on Monday.
Chui Sai On spoke at the opening ceremony of the International Forum on the “Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Cultural Development and Construction Mission” organised by the Government of the Macau Special Administrative Region (MSAR) and held on Monday in Macau.
He recalled that Macau, in addition to its Historic Centre, included on the UNESCO World Heritage List, is distinguished by a vast and diverse national intangible cultural heritage, and noted that commercial culture, popular culture, religious culture, associative culture, and philanthropic culture, among others have unique characteristics in Macau and a significant international influence as a result of the coexistence of Chinese culture with other cultures.
The Chief Executive noted that these cultures, drivers of the cultural development of the Greater Bay, will contribute to increasing the cohesive strength of this region, thereby promoting understanding between peoples and the exchange of cultures in the process of building the Greater Bay and implementing the “Belt and Road” initiative, based on attracting investment and internationalisation.
Chui Sai On also said that cultural development is a key element in the construction of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay and that to ensure the sustainable development of this region its people must share the same cultural identity, considering that Macau’s culture is a driver of the cultural development of this region.
He noted that this is the mission assigned to Macau by the “Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Development Planning Guidelines,” which is to create a “basis for exchange and cooperation which, based on Chinese culture as the main one, promotes coexistence of different cultures,” and has given renewed vitality to the MSAR’s participation in the construction of the Greater Bay and significantly contributes to the territory’s correct identification of its position and increased competitiveness.
The inauguration ceremony of the Forum, which is due to end on Tuesday, was attended, among others, by the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Carrie Lam and Guangdong Provincial Governor Ma Xingrui. (Macauhub)