A total of 28 workshops have been organised since the launch in 2011 of the Training Centre of the Forum for Economic and Trade Co-operation between China and Portuguese-speaking Countries.
The Training Centre receives support from the Macao SAR Government, Macao’s tertiary education institutions and associations, and from China’s Ministry of Commerce.
A total of 712 civil servants and technical staff from some of the Portuguese-speaking Countries (namely Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal and East Timor), as well as from China and the Macao SAR, have participated in those workshops between 2011 and 2015.
Training topics have included: hotel and tourism management; public health and sanitation management; modernisation of public services; entrepreneurship and business development; quality control and product certification; topography; conventions and exhibitions; trade and international law; teaching of the Chinese and Portuguese languages; training for small- and medium-sized enterprises; management and development of special economic zones; development of traditional Chinese medicine; environmental protection; management of trade-related companies; customs services; community and corporative initiatives; public administration; tax policies; and transport and communication infrastructures.
Over a number of years, several Macao tertiary education institutions have been invited to collaborate with Forum Macao’s Training Centre, in order to develop Macao’s existing advantages as a place for training and education.
Such collaboration has included creating an appropriate educational environment for the teaching the Portuguese language. The level of Portuguese language proficiency among local students has been enhanced through exchanges with professionals from Portuguese-speaking Countries. That has also allowed those professionals to develop their own skills. Additionally, the Permanent Secretariat of Forum Macao has provided support to the authorities in Portuguese-speaking Countries to enable them to send students on internships in Macao.
Portuguese-speaking Countries regard Macao’s platform role as highly relevant to them. They highlight its advantage as a centre for training people in a range of skills. Up to the end of 2015, nine ministerial level seminars had been held on topics connected to co-operation on education and human resources, with more than 100 officials taking part in exchange trips to Macao.