The Secretary-General of the Permanent Secretariat of Forum Macao, Ms Xu Yingzhen, led a delegation on a visit to Anhui Province’s Hefei Municipality on May 7 and 8. The visit was part of the effort to boost cooperation between provinces and municipalities in Portuguese-speaking Countries and in Mainland China, and to promote in a pragmatic way cooperation and exchange in areas such as production capacity, the economy, and trade and investment, as well as better to develop Macao’s role as a point of connection between China and Portuguese-speaking Countries. During the visit, a Production Capacity Cooperation Meeting was held between representatives from Anhui, Macao and Portuguese-speaking Countries.
In Hefei, the first city the Permanent Secretariat of Forum Macao visited on the trip, the Production Capacity Cooperation Meeting between Anhui, Macao and Portuguese-speaking Countries was held, in cooperation with the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of Jiangsu Province’s Foreign Affairs Office. Participants in the meeting came from companies in sectors such as agriculture, energy, natural resources, non-ferrous metals, chemical engineering, manufacturing, car making, machinery, and electronics.
During the Meeting, the Coordinator of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of Jiangsu Province’s Foreign Affairs Office, Mr Sun Yong, said Anhui and Portuguese-speaking Countries had a solid base for economic and trade cooperation. Several Anhui companies had invested in Portuguese-speaking Countries, in areas including infrastructure, machinery manufacturing, mineral resources, and hospitality, among others. Mr Sun also acknowledged Forum Macao’s important role in economic and trade exchanges between China and Portuguese-speaking Countries.
Forum Macao’s Secretary-General, Ms Xu, reviewed the fruits of Forum Macao’s work in the 15 years since its establishment. At the 5th Ministerial Conference of Forum Macao, the Participating Countries signed the Strategic Plan for Economic and Trade Co-operation and the Memorandum of Understanding on Promoting Co-operation in Production Capacity. Under the terms of these two instruments, there is an aim to boost cooperation between provinces and municipalities from the Participating Countries of Forum Macao; and to promote and support trade and investment cooperation between companies, based on mutually beneficial production capacity, and on the development needs of each Participating Country of Forum Macao.
In order to implement such measures, the Permanent Secretariat of Forum Macao had, said Ms Xu, always kept a line open for communication and exchange with provinces and municipalities from Mainland China; initiating cooperation, and providing services to connect Mainland China, Macao, and Portuguese-speaking Countries in relation to cooperation. The Secretary-General added she hoped all parties involved could make enhanced use of those activities that were held by Forum Macao with the aim of deepening communication, further exploring business opportunities and strengthening cooperation ties.
During the visit to Anhui, representatives of several companies gave – during exchange sessions –detailed presentations of their enterprises and their business interests. The Representatives from Portuguese-speaking Countries in turn explained their respective countries’ investment and cooperation projects in relation to production capacity, while exchanging views with the business people.
Additionally, the Permanent Secretariat Delegation visited: the Institute of Science and Technology, University of Advanced Technology of China; Sungrow Power Supply Co. Ltd at Hefei High-tech Industrial Development Zone; iFLYTEK Co. Ltd; Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Co. Ltd, and the Youth E-Commerce Industrial Park at Baohe District. Later on, the Delegation went to the Municipality of Nanjing and to Yangzhou, in Jiangsu Province, to continue trade exchange activities.
The Permanent Secretariat’s visit to Anhui Province strengthened exchange and cooperation between companies from Portuguese-speaking Countries and from Mainland China, and forged closer working ties with Forum Macao’s counterpart service providers in Anhui, while allowing the Representatives from Portuguese-speaking Countries to have more in-depth knowledge of the advantages of development pursued in partnership with Mainland China.
Through exchanges between companies, the investment and business environment of Portuguese-speaking Countries was showcased; cooperation on production capacity was promoted; and companies were encouraged to make better use of Macao’s good business environment and advantages of geography and connection, especially its close relationship with Portuguese-speaking Countries when it comes to language and culture. These factors help Macao play a role as a bridge for economic and trade cooperation between China and Portuguese-speaking Countries, and actively to drive cooperation between companies from provinces and municipalities from Mainland China and from Portuguese-speaking Countries.