The former executive director at the Macau Trade and Investment Promotion Institute (IPIM), Echo Chan, officially took office Wednesday as the new Coordinator of the Support Office to the Permanent Secretariat of the Forum for Economic and Trade Co-operation between China and Portuguese speaking Countries (Forum Macau).
“I will apply my experience, accumulated in my years at the IPIM, to this new job post, especially to assist in the development of economic, trade and cultural cooperation between Lusophone countries and the mainland, as well as Macau,” she said during the ceremony.
The new coordinator vowed that she will devote her work to enabling the mainland and the Portuguese-speaking countries to fully benefit from Macau’s platform advantages.
Chan also said that the Support Office will “further assist in China’s goal of building Macau into a platform, and encourage more institutions and enterprises to participate in our activities and training, so as to strengthen their exchanges with representatives from Lusophone countries.”
The Secretary for Economy and Finance, Lionel Leong, during the ceremony said he believes that Echo Chan will bring her expertise into her new role.
“During her work at the IPIM over 23 years, she was recognized for dedication, enthusiasm and outstanding performance. Being in charge of market expansion in the Portuguese-speaking countries was one of her main tasks. (…) She has great knowledge of, and has accumulated rich experience in, economic and trade exchange with the Lusophone countries,” he said of Ms Chan.
Echo Chan is successor to Rita Santos, who retired after holding the post since the creation of the Forum de Macau in 2003. (macaunews)