Macau boosts ties between Portuguese and Chinese companies in the environmental sector

19 March 2018

The environmental sector has great potential for cooperation between Portuguese and Chinese companies, and Macau can be an exchange hub, according to officials from both countries.

Speaking to Macauhub at the end of a Chinese business visit to Portugal, sponsored by the Macau Trade and Investment Promotion Institute (IPIM), the chairman of the organisation, Jackson Chang, said, “Portuguese companies have a wealth of experiences as well as advanced techniques that can serve as a benchmark, a good tool for Chinese companies.” Portugal, he said, could be a “cooperation partner, developing a partnership between Portuguese and Chinese companies.”{/0}

“Knowing that some Portuguese companies are more outwardly oriented and this partnership can therefore also be very useful within the framework that we are always talking about of the Belt and Road,” he told Macauhub.

The business mission was held on 15-16 March with representatives of the provinces of the Pan Pearl River Delta (PPRD 9 + 2), namely Fujian, Jiangxi, Hunan, Guangxi, Hainan, Sichuan, Guizhou and Yunnan, together with Hong Kong and Macau.

The focus of the visit was on the treatment of wastewater, and the mission therefore toured different Portuguese public companies and institutions, namely the Portuguese Companies Association for the Environmental Sector (AEPSA), Águas de Portugal, BEWG – Be Water (Aguas de Mafra), the Portuguese Environment Agency and ECOSERVIÇOS – Gestão de Sistemas Ecológicos, Lda.

At the mission’s closing dinner, Chang called for a need to foster knowledge about the green industry, taking advantage of the deep historical roots that link Portugal and Macau, the city that will organise from April 12 to 14, another edition of the Macau International Environmental Co-operation Forum & Exhibition (2018MIECF), on the theme of, “Shaping of Eco-cities for an Inclusive Green Economy.”

He added that the visit adds to the commercial ties between Macau and the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP), noting that it is necessary to “develop and maximise” the advantages of Macau’s role as a bridge between China and Portuguese speaking countries.

In his speech, Chang discussed the importance of “coordination between socio-economic progress and preservation of the environment,” recalling that China’s latest five-year plan includes a goal to build an entirely sustainable city.

In a speech at the same event, Maria João Veiga Gomes, Adviser of the Portuguese Investment and Foreign Trade Agency (AICEP Portugal Global), representing the AICEP chairman, said the initiative was an “opportunity for Portuguese companies to expand their internationalisation” noting that China plans to achieve the 15% target for energy consumption from renewable sources by 2020, doubling the target to 30% by 2050.

IPIM’s visit to Portugal is the latest of a series of initiatives that began last year with a mission to Brazil to find out more about management of water catchment areas in the Amazon.

Before Lisbon, the mission, to exchange experiences and possibilities of partnerships and investments in the area of ​​environmental protection, also visited Germany, where it visited three other companies and city councils. (macauhub) (macauhub)