The Forum for Economic and Trade Cooperation between China and the Portuguese-speaking Countries (Macau) has achieved remarkable results, said China’s Trade Minister, Gao Hucheng, in a speech on Monday in Macau.
Addressing the members of the delegations that since Tuesday have bee taking part in the 5th Ministerial Conference of Forum Macau, the minister recalled that since 2003 the Forum had made it possible to set up various forms of cooperation as well as mutual understanding between China and the Portuguese-speaking countries.
The Minister of Trade pointed out that the fact there are now more Chinese learning Portuguese and more citizens of Portuguese-speaking countries learning Chinese may be due to the deepening cooperation resulting from participation in Forum Macau.
Gao added that as Forum Macau Forum enters its 14th year new prospects are opening up, and it is important that cooperation between China and Portuguese-speaking countries reaches a higher level.
Forum Macau includes China and seven Portuguese-speaking countries – Angola, Brazil, Cabo Verde (Cape Verde), Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal and Timor-Leste (East Timor) – which together represent 21 per cent of the world population, of which 1.38 billion are in China and 270 million in the other countries.