Future societies will be "global and
digital"and be based on "a great mobility of people, services
and goods," Murteira Nabo, President of Portugal Telecom (PT),
said in a dinner speech at the World Trade Center Macau on December
Mr Nabo revealed his vision of the future in a speech on the
globalisation of markets and
telecommunications at the invitation of the World Trade Center Macau.
Mr Nabo, a former acting governor of the Macau government and
former cabinet minister of the Portuguese government, stressed that "small
countries" would cease to exist because the factors of periphery and geography would
be replaced with "information literacy"and the knowledge of networks.
Mr Nabo emphasised that small countries such as Portugal without major
geostrategic advantages and natural resources would play increasingly relevant roles in
the future as long as they succeeded in developing their "digital abilities".
Mr Nabo also said that future societies would
be based on the values of information and knowledge, adding that
knowledge and innovation would become the main driving forces of
new development models.
He stressed that the close relationship between the phenomena of
globalisation, telecommunications and information had become a genuine "virtuous
Mr Nabo also expressed great confidence in the future of Macau as
a Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, saying he expected the
Territory to strengthen its "active role"as an international services centre in
the coming years.
Mr Nabo said he was confident that Macau would further reinforce
its role as a bridge between Asia and Europe and an international entrepot of commerce
after its reversion to Chinese rule in December 1999.
Mr Nabo also recommended a "phased liberalisation"of
Macau's telecommunications sector in the next few years.
The World Trade Center
Macau and the Portuguese-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry signed a co-operation
agreement in Macau on December 3, 1998.
The agreement was signed by António Leça, President of the
World Trade Center Macau (WTCM), and Murteira Nabo, President of the
Portuguese-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCCI-Portugal).
The agreement is meant to strengthen co-operation between the
WTCM and the PCCCI-Portugal, such as the joint promotion of business projects and the
furtherance of economic and commercial ties between Portugal and China through private
business interests and official entities.
The agreement refers to Macau's present and future role as an
"intermediary services centre".
The WTCM's newly created "China Desk" will play a
prominent role in promoting growing business relations between China and Portugal.
The agreement also covers increased contacts between companies
and other entities belonging to the WTCM and PCCCI- Portugal, namely in the fields of
exchange of information on business
opportunities, market research and feasibility studies.
The agreement has an initial validity of
two years. Both sides said they would hold a number of joint initiatives
in the near future, such as business seminars, colloquia, symposia
and business training courses.