The 5th Ministerial Conference of Forum Macao to be held in Macao in October
Source : GCS The 5th
Ministerial Conference of the Forum for Economic and Trade
Co-operation between China and Portuguese-speaking Countries
(Macao) will be held in Macao on 11 and 12 October 2016.
Delegations from mainland China and seven
Portuguese-speaking countries, namely Angola, Brazil, Cape
Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal and East Timor
will be in Macao for the Ministerial Conference.
The theme for this edition of the Ministerial Conference
will be: Working Toward Stronger Sino-Portuguese-speaking
Countries’ Trade and Economic Relations – Combining Efforts,
Jointly Building a Platform, Sharing Fruits of Development.
The Ministerial Conference will highlight the opportunities
arising from the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st
Century Maritime Silk Road (known as the “Belt and Road”
The two-day Ministerial Conference will start with a
welcoming banquet and opening ceremony, followed by
ministerial meetings and press briefings. There will also be
meetings between entrepreneurs from China and those from
Delegates representing the participating countries will sign
several memorandums of cooperation. They include the
Strategic Plan for Economic and Trade Co-operation
(2017-2019). It will outline the development vision and
direction for cooperation covering those three years.
The 5th Ministerial Conference is expected to complement
existing cooperation efforts between China and the
Portuguese-speaking countries, and to boost among the member
countries the impetus for development.
The Ministerial Conference will also strengthen Macao’s
functions as a commercial and trade cooperation service
platform between China and the Portuguese-speaking
countries; and will provide a fresh driving force for the
diversification of the city’s economy.
The Forum for Economic and Trade Co-operation between China
and Portuguese-speaking Countries (Macao) was founded in
Macao in October 2003. It was an initiative of the Central
Government, with the collaboration of the Macao SAR
Forum Macao’s membership includes seven Portuguese-speaking
countries: Angola; Brazil; Cape Verde; Guinea-Bissau;
Mozambique; Portugal; and East Timor.
Forum Macao aims to build multilateral ties between
governmental agencies of its various member countries and
places, in a bid to facilitate economic and trade
cooperation. It is also aims better to promote Macao’s
unique bridging role between China and the
Portuguese-speaking countries, in order to bolster exchanges
in trade services and cultural affairs.
Forum Macao has a record of success spanning its 13 years of
existence. As well as expanding intergovernmental exchanges,
it has also boosted cooperation on: trade; investment; human
resources; agricultural and fisheries; and overall economic
The previous editions of the Forum Macao took place in
October 2003; September 2006; November 2010; and November
* Chinese and Portuguese are the official
languages of Macao, the English version of the web site is
the translation from the Chinese originals and is provided
for reference only.
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