The Chinese community in Portugal in 2015, gave awards to the former Minister of Energy, several political and public administration leaders as well the director of Diário de Todos (Everybody´s Daily), the first Portuguese-Chinese bilingual newspaper published in Portugal.
The award ceremony took place last Friday at Casino da Póvoa, northern Portugal, attended by the Secretary of State for Internationalisation, Jorge Oliveira, members of parliament, representatives of the Chinese Embassy in Portugal and several businessmen, totalling about 300 guests.
Active since 2014 on mobile devices, Diário de Todos launched a paper edition a year ago, under the direction, in Lisbon, of Helena da Cruz Mouro, which now intends to consolidate its presence, extending the Chinese version to serve the “thousands of readers in greater China,” including Macau, Hong Kong and even Taiwan.
The director said that the newspaper was preparing conferences “on economic, trade and investment between China and the Member States of the Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries and the Latin American countries,” in Lisbon, and another similar conference on China/European Union cooperation, with a focus on the southern EU countries, for March.
The Media 2015 prize was awarded by the Board of Merit and Recognition of the Chinese League in Portugal, which in addition to the League itself includes the Chinese Industrial and Commercial Association in Portugal, the Jorge Álvares Foundation, Casino da Póvoa, among others from the Chinese community in Portugal.
The list of winners included Jorge Moreira da Silva, former Minister of Environment, Maria de Belém Roseira, leader of the Socialist Party, Júlio Pereira, of the Portuguese Republic Information Services, Baptista Romão, director of the Judicial Police and Pedro Calado, the High Commissioner for Migration.
Other winners were Luis Roque, Sporting Clube de Portugal, Nuno Fonseca, the Business Council of the Tâmega and Sousa as well as Bragança Fernandes, president of the Maia Municipal Council.
The director of Diário de Todos said that the current celebration of the 500th anniversary of Portugal-China relations was focusing on “normalisation” with Macau having an “driving role.”
“When we look back at the history of Portugal, when Portugal was the first European and Western commercial, economic and investment partner and compared with now, where the UK leads, we still have much work ahead,” she said.
“Both sides are rebuilding ties and networks, which were no longer given sufficient importance when Portugal turned almost definitively towards Brazil or the Atlantic seaboard. Times are different now, the world economy is currently focused on maritime Asia,” she said. (macauhub/CN/PT)