Representatives of the Permanent Secretariat of the Forum for Economic and Trade Co-operation between China and Portuguese-speaking Countries (Macao) visited Quanzhou, in Mainland China’s Fujian province, from June 22 to 24. They took part in the “Dynamic Macao Business and Trade Fair – Fujian Quanzhou”, which featured a pavilion dedicated to the Portuguese-speaking Countries. The Forum Macao representatives also toured the facilities of some local firms.
The Quanzhou visit aimed to: support the promotional activities organised by the Macao SAR Government regarding further strengthening trade cooperation between Fujian province, Macao and the Portuguese-speaking Countries; promote Forum Macao; and promote the business and investment environments of the Portuguese-speaking Countries.
As part of the Dynamic Macao fair, the Permanent Secretariat of Forum Macao set up a Portuguese-speaking Countries’ Pavilion, featuring exhibits about those places. The aim of the Pavilion was to promote the business and investment environments of the eight Portuguese-speaking Countries, namely Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal, São Tomé and Príncipe, and East Timor. Another goal was to promote the activities of Forum Macao and the role of Macao as a service platform.
It was the first time São Tomé and Príncipe’s business and investment environment was featured in a Dynamic Macao Business and Trade Fair event.
The unique products from the Portuguese-speaking Countries and the vast array of untapped co-operation opportunities involving these countries attracted great interest from business representatives and other officials attending the event.
During their visit, the representatives of the Permanent Secretariat of Forum Macao attended the opening ceremony of the “Dynamic Macao Business and Trade Fair – Fujian Quanzhou”, toured several pavilions in the fair, and held exchanges with many business officials. The group also joined a seminar on the opportunities for co-operation between Macao, Quanzhou and Fujian province created by the “Belt and Road” initiative. In addition, the delegation toured the facilities of local clothing and local food enterprises.
Through participating in the fair, the Permanent Secretariat of Forum Macao further promoted the business and investment environments of the Portuguese-speaking Countries. It also promoted Forum Macao and the role of Macao as a commercial and trade co-operation service platform between China and Portuguese-speaking Countries. The trade and commercial co-operation ties between Fujian, Macao and Portuguese-speaking Countries were enhanced as well, with the establishment of new links for exchanges between firms from Mainland China and the Portuguese-speaking Countries.