EC: The Macao government continues its efforts to support the Macao Forum
MACAU, Jan. 28 – Chief Executive Mr. Ho Iat Seng says the Macau Special Administrative Region (SARM) government will continue its work of providing strong support to the Macau Forum and the Secretariat permanent member of the Macau Forum.
Ho made the remarks on Thursday (January 27th) during a meeting at the government headquarters with Secretary General of the Permanent Secretariat of the Forum for Economic and Trade Cooperation between China and Portuguese-Speaking Countries (Macau), Mr. Ji Xianzheng.
During the meeting, the two officials exchanged views on how to deepen Macao’s bridge role in serving China and Portuguese-speaking countries, and how to promote more economic and trade cooperation. thrust between China and Portuguese-speaking countries.
Ho said that since the Macao Forum was established 18 years ago, Macao has made good use of its function as a platform between China and Portuguese-speaking countries, judging by the volume of trade between China. and Portuguese-speaking countries during the period.
The chief executive added that he looked forward to the permanent secretariat of the Macau Forum, under the leadership of Mr. Ji, to further expand trade and commerce between China and Portuguese-speaking countries.
The Chief Executive further provided an update on Macao’s latest economic development and the effectiveness of the Macao government’s anti-epidemic measures. The stringent controls applied by the Macao government over the past two years were aimed at protecting Macao’s public, Ho said.
It had become clear in the wake of the pandemic that the city was too dependent on the tourism industry, Ho said. The Macau government would devote more effort to accelerating proper economic diversification. In 2021, the release of the Guangdong-Macao Intensive Cooperation Zone Master Plan in Hengqin had helped establish the conditions for further developing Macao and created new opportunities for the city’s economic diversification.
During Thursday’s meeting, Ji expressed his gratitude for the Macao government’s support for the Macao Forum, adding that all participating governments have paid great attention to the Macao Forum’s work. Building on the path charted by the previous five editions of the Macau Forum Ministerial Conference, the body will pursue its founding objectives and is committed to furthering Macao’s role as a bridge between China and Portuguese-speaking countries. , and to advance trade levels between the two parties. Such measures would ultimately promote the joint development of mainland China, Macao and Portuguese-speaking countries.
Going forward, Forum Macau would intensify its efforts to support economic recovery in the participating parties; strengthen ties and cooperation between China and Portuguese-speaking countries; and further contribute to Macau’s proper economic diversification, Ji said.
Ji went on to say that as a multilateral cooperation mechanism to form consensus and encourage joint development, the Macao Forum will continue to gather opinions from various parties and strengthen initiatives to implement the decisions made. over the last five editions of the Ministerial Conference. The objective was to innovate in working methods and explore new areas to serve and meet the development needs of each participant in the Macau Forum.
Also present at the meeting were the Deputy Secretaries General of the Permanent Secretariat, Mr. Ding Tian, Mr. Paulo do Espírito Santo and Mr. Casimiro de Jesus Pinto; Coordinator of the Executive Office, Mr. He Meng; Coordinator of the Liaison Office and Representative of Cabo Verde, Mr. Nuno Furtado; Coordinator of the Support Office, Ms. Mok Iun Lei Teresa; Representative of Angola, Mr. Eduardo Velasco Galiano; Representative of Guinea-Bissau, Mr. Abdú Jaquité; Representative of Mozambique, Ms. Francisca Reino; Representative of Portugal, Ms. Maria João Bonifácio; Representative of São Tomé and Príncipe, Mr. Gika Simão; and Representative of Timor-Leste, Mr. Danilo Henriques.