No date set for 6th Ministerial Conference of Forum Macau

The date to hold the 6th Ministerial Conference of the Forum for Economic and Trade Cooperation between China and the Portuguese Speaking Countries has yet to be set, the Secretary for Economy and Finance of the Government of Macau said on Monday.

“The 6th Ministerial Conference is scheduled (…) but the date of its implementation has yet to be set due to the outbreak of the epidemic,” said Lei Wai Nong, on submitting the lines of government action for 2020 in the area of economics and finance to the members of the Legislative Assembly.

The secretary said that the Government of Macau would act in coordination with the Ministry of Commerce of China, “carrying out, in the best way possible, all initiatives and preparations inherent to this event.”

Lei Wai Nong also said that his portfolio would study collaboration with Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay and other regions of mainland China to develop cooperation with Portuguese-speaking countries in various areas, thus extending the role of the platform in the pursuit of economic activities and trade between China and those countries.

This collaboration, he said, seeks to coordinate the implementation of national guidelines to promote the execution of the new situation of full openness and more effective recovery of Macau’s role as a platform between China and the Portuguese-speaking countries.

The secretary-general of Forum Macau said in June 2019 that the 6th Ministerial Conference, which should be held this year, had been postponed to 2020, “on a date yet to be determined.”

China established the Macau Special Administrative Region (MSAR) as a platform to boost economic and trade cooperation with Portuguese-speaking countries in 2003, the year in which it set up Forum Macau.

This forum has a permanent secretariat, meets at ministerial level every three years and includes, in addition to the secretary-general and three deputy secretaries-general, eight delegates from the Portuguese-speaking countries (Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal, São Tomé and Príncipe and Timor-Leste).

Five ministerial conferences of the Macau Forum were held in the territory in October 2003, September 2006, November 2010, November 2013 and October 2016, during which action plans for economic and trade cooperation were approved. (macauhub)