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The Permanent Secretariat of Forum Macao is taking part in the 24th Macao International Trade and Investment Fair (MIF) and the 2019 Portuguese-speaking Countries Products and Services Exhibition (Macao) (2019PLPEX). The concurrent events are being held from October 17 to 19. As in previous editions, the Permanent Secretariat of Forum Macao set up a Portuguese-speaking Countries’ Pavilion at MIF to promote Macao’s “One Centre, One Platform and One Base” strategic vision.

The Permanent Secretariat of Forum Macao is a partner organisation of MIF. The goal of setting up a Portuguese-speaking Countries’ Pavilion at the annual event – held concurrently with PLPEX – is to give full play to Macao’s role as a cooperation platform between China and the Portuguese-speaking Countries, by showcasing and promoting signature products, and the arts and culture of Portuguese-speaking Countries.

Members of the diplomatic corps in Beijing representing Portuguese-speaking Countries visited the Portuguese-speaking Countries’ Pavilion at MIF on October 17. They took the opportunity to exchange views with Forum Macao representatives, agreeing that the pavilion made a positive contribution to the promotion of the Portuguese-speaking Countries. The officials said they hoped promotion of products and culture from the Portuguese-speaking Countries could be improved, and cooperation between China, Macao and the Portuguese-speaking Countries further fostered. In addition, they expressed wishes for further investment by Chinese firms in projects in Portuguese-speaking Countries.

The Portuguese-speaking Countries’ Pavilion was set up at the Venetian Macao Convention and Exhibition Centre, the host venue of MIF. The pavilion features eight separate stands, each promoting a particular Portuguese-speaking Country, namely: Angola, Brazil, Cabo Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal, São Tomé and Príncipe and Timor-Leste.

The pavilion includes descriptive texts, pictures, videos and product showcases, providing visitors an overview of the respective business and investment environment of each Portuguese-speaking Country. In addition, it also promotes Forum Macao and Macao’s role as a platform for economic and trade cooperation between China and Portuguese-speaking Countries.

The Macao SAR Government has been making available at the pavilion – as previously – a group of young people proficient in Chinese and Portuguese, in order to facilitate exchanges between representatives respectively from China and the Portuguese-speaking Countries. The goal is to ensure the pavilion works as a platform promoting exchanges and cooperation between firms respectively from China and the Portuguese-speaking Countries. This is so they can explore jointly business opportunities in China and the Portuguese-speaking Countries, thus contributing to Macao’s role as a platform for economic and trade cooperation between both sides.