Macau Chief Executive, Chui Sai On, meet Saturday with the Minister of State and Foreign Affairs of Portugal, Paulo Portas at the end of his eight-day trip to China that took him to Beijing and Shanghai.
According to the Government Information Bureau, Chui and Portas discussed a wide range of issues including measures to reinforce cooperation between Portugal and China and the role of Macau as a platform between China and the Portuguese speaking Countries.
During the meeting, Portas said Portugal regard relations between Portugal and Macau at high level and expressed gratitude for Macau’s role in the development of Sino-Portuguese relations.
The minister´s two-day stay in Macau included a visit to the Portuguese School, which is co-owned by the Portuguese Foreign MInistry.
Portas told reporters that the Portuguese government was revising the country´s immigration rules to offer foreign investors more favourable conditions to obtain residency permits than other countries. He said the new residency rules,which are slated to be announced with a few weeks, would be offered to foreign investors, real-estate buyers and those creating jobs.
The minister also said that Portugal would try to attract more mainland Chinese tourists stressing that Portugal had more to offer than just sun and beaches – such as quality shopping, casinos, monuments and safety compared with other destinations. Some 50,000 mainland Chinese tourists visited Portugal last year, according to official data. ( macaunews)