Strengthening cooperation between China and Portuguese-speaking countries for environmental protection will provide business opportunities and Macau is particularly well positioned to become a “bridge” between the companies, according to sector officials.
In conclusion, after a meeting with companies and associations in the environmental sector, the mission to Brazil and Portugal of representatives from nine provinces of the Pan-Pearl River Delta region, Hong Kong and Macau, Jackson Chang, president of the Macau Trade and Investment Promotion Institute (IPIM) told Macauhub that these are the “first steps” to an approach on an environmental level.
The mission organised by the government of the Macau Special Administrative Region (MSAR), which led to an exchange dinner with representatives of the governments of the Pan Delta and the environmental sector in Portugal was “the beginning of a long march of cooperation for the future,” Chang said.
The purpose of the visit, which was the result of interest expressed by the provinces of the Pan Delta, will continue with MIECF – Macau International Environmental Cooperation Forum, from 31 March to 2 April, as well as other initiatives such as the provision of an electronic platform for a ” list of sellers, buyers and those who are interested in finding partnerships,” in these areas, Chang told Macauhub.
“We can arrange contacts between these companies so that they can organise partnerships in the future,” said the president of IPIM, who added that Macau has the capacity to play “the role of a platform and a bridge to the Portuguese-speaking countries, especially Portugal.”
The deputy head of the Chinese delegation, Jiang Xiao Ting, president of the ichuan Environmental Science Society, considered the visit to Brazil and Portugal “very fruitful” with “remarkable results.”
Particularly useful for the Pan Delta region, Ting told Macauhub, will be Brazil’s experience in integrated river basin management, its satellite monitoring as well as the integrated database system.
In Portugal, he said, the process of, “more cooperation projects and closer ties” with Portuguese companies and business associations had begun.
“It is highly likely, as a next step, that there will be cooperation projects between Chinese companies and the Portuguese-speaking countries, especially from Portugal. In contacts with the local community, we realised that there are many projects that we can develop together as well as issues that are of common interest,” said Jiang Xiao Ting.
“Companies must be active and seek counterparts to establish such cooperation and the role of Macau is critical to serve as a platform between China and Portuguese-speaking countries,” he said.
The Chinese delegation’s dinner with Portuguese entrepreneurs was attended by the Chinese ambassador to Portugal, Cai Run, who said that relations between the two countries are at a “peak,” giving the example of 20% growth in the number of Chinese visiting Portugal, which reached 180 000. This connection will be made easier from next summer, with a direct flight between Lisbon and Beijing, which was the subject of a meeting last week between Beijing Capital Airlines and Portuguese air services officials.
“The next time (participants in the meeting) travel to Portugal, they will have a direct flight, which will be somewhat more convenient,” said the diplomat.
Cai Run also stressed Portugal’s “high tech” in renewable energy and the role Macau has has and that it could deepen as a link in the process.
On behalf of theboard of Portugal’s Foreign Trade and Investment Promotion Agency, Helena Malcata stressed that Portugal “has been an example in the world of renewable energy” and is willing to work with China.
Before the dinner, IPIM director Gloria Ung, summarised the MSAR’s development of the services platform for trade cooperation between China and Portuguese-speaking countries, at the Macau Economic and Commercial Delegation in Lisbon.
The distribution centre for food from Portuguese-speaking countries recently hit the mark of 1,000 items on display from 99 companies and IPIM is preparing the opening of three more exhibition points of the same products in more Chinese cities, including Shanghai and Tianjin .
Ung announced that the exhibition of products and services from Portuguese-speaking countries at the Macau International Fair (MIF) this year, and for the first time will be “an independent exhibition,” running alongside MIF. (macauhub)