The 5th Ministerial Conference of the Forum for Economic and Trade Cooperation between China and Portuguese-speaking Countries (Macau) will take place on 11 and 12 October 2016, said the Government Information Bureau (GCS).
The conference, whose theme is “Towards Consolidation of Economic and Trade Relations between China and the Portuguese-speaking Countries: Joining Efforts for Cooperation, Building Platform Sharing Development Benefits Together”, with the participation of official delegations from China and seven Portuguese-speaking countries – Angola, Brazil, Cabo Verde (Cape Verde), Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal and Timor-Leste (East Timor).
Radio Macau announced at the end of August that Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will attend the conference.
The ministerial meeting is based on the “One Belt, One Road” initiative and focuses on the highest common denominator, i.e. development, in order to promote economic and trade relations between China and the Portuguese-speaking countries, whilst also supporting Macau in building the region up as a Service Platform for Trade Cooperation between China and the Portuguese-speaking countries.
During the ministerial conference the Action Plan for Economic and Trade Cooperation (2017-2019) and other documents will be signed, which set out the key areas and guidelines for development of economic and trade cooperation between China and the Portuguese-speaking for the next three years.
The Meeting of Businesspeople from China and the Portuguese-speaking Countries and other activities will also be held n the sidelines of the Conference, the GCS said.
Macau Forum was established in October 2003 in Macau, on the initiative of the central government of China, with the collaboration of the government of the Macau Special Administrative Region and the participation of seven Portuguese-speaking countries, namely Angola, Brazil, Cabo Verde (Cape Verde), Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal and Timor-Leste (East Timor).
The Macau Forum is an intergovernmental and multilateral cooperation mechanism with the main objectives of economic and trade development in order to develop Macau’s role as a platform between China and the Portuguese-speaking countries.(Macau News / Macauhub)