Organised by the Macau Delegation of the Portugal-China Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCILC-Macau), and co-organized by the Rui Cunha Foundation and the Macao Trade and Investment Promotion Institute (IPIM), the Seminar on Strengthening Cooperation between China and Portuguese-speaking Countries wrapped up successfully on 31 August at the Rui Cunha Foundation. The Seminar invited economic and business professionals from China, Portugal and Macau to give their in-depth insights and introduction of the future market and platform developments.
“Integrating into China’s national development strategies and fostering economic diversification” is the fundamental objective of Macau, which strives to promote a moderately diversified and sustainable development of the economy, and the objective is only attainable through strengthening cooperation between China and Portuguese-speaking countries, which is the theme of this Seminar. Keynote speakers of the event included Antonio Lei, Senior Manager of the Lusophone Markets Economic and Trade Promotion Department of Macao Trade and Investment Promotion Institute (IPIM), Mok Iun Lei, Coordinator of the Support Office of Permanent Secretariat of Forum for Economic and Trade Co-operation between China and Portuguese-speaking Countries (Macao) and Zhang Ruiyang, Assistant Director of CPDF Fund Investment Management Company.
In his welcome speech, Bernie Leong, President of the Board of Directors of CCILC-Macau, expressed his gratitude to all parties for their support in making the Seminar a success. He stated that 2020 has been a tough year due to the blow brought by the COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertainties in Sino-US relations, but all these have best illustrated the strong and reliable relationship between China and Portugal. With the development of the Greater Bay Area, especially the ever-improving urban supporting facilities in neighboring region Hengqin, CCILC-Macau will seize the opportunities to expand its business network in different cities of the two places, with Macau serving as a focal point.
The Seminar has shared a wealth of information with the participants. Lei introduced how Macau, as one of the free economies of the world, has contributed to the development of the commercial and trade cooperation service platform between China and Portuguese-speaking countries under the framework of "one centre, one platform". Mok discussed the importance of training Chinese and Portuguese bilingual talents through colleges and universities, as well as providing internship opportunities for them. This is to further cultivate a new generation of talents, laying a solid foundation for Macau's future development. Zhang gave examples to explain the investment overview, major projects and amounts of the China - Portuguese-Speaking Countries Development Fund. She stated that the existing projects have been progressing well and have basically involved all Portuguese-speaking countries, covering infrastructure projects related to power, energy, highways and ports, etc.
A Question and Answer (Q&A) session was also held at the Seminar with an aim of promoting the overall development of the industry and deepening understanding. The Q&A session was lively and engaging with business representatives actively raising questions to the speakers. Looking ahead, CCILC will continue with its role to bridge between Chinese and Portuguese investors in order to foster economic and trade exchanges and collaborations. CCILC will also tie in with the efforts of the Macau SAR Government to integrate into the Greater Bay Area and further promote cooperation between China and Portugal. Other attendees of the seminar included Song Yunsong, Director of China-Portuguese Speaking Countries Investment Management Company Limited; Maria Carolina Lousinha, Director of AICEP Portugal Global – Portuguese Trade & Investment Agency. For those who would like to revisit the Seminar, please visit the Facebook page of CCILC-Macau or the Rui Cunha Foundation.