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FORUM OF PORTUGUESE SPEAKING BUSINESSMEN OPENS OFFICE IN MACAU

   The Forum of Portuguese-speaking Businessmen (Forum dos Empres‡rios de L’ngua Portuguesa/FELP) opened an office in Macau on April 10.

    The opening was announced by FELP President Francisco Viana during an international seminar on business relations between China and the Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries (CPLP). The seminar included a meeting with top-level government officials and prominent businessmen in Beijing.

    MSAR Chief Executive Edmund Ho Hau-wah and MSAR Secretary for Economy and Finance, Francis Tam Pak-yuen attended the opening ceremony. Mr Tam reiterated the post-handover government's determination to reduce red tape and further simplify bureaucratic procedures affecting private-sector investments.


SINO-PORTUGUESE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OPENS OFFICE IN MACAU

   The Sino-Portuguese Chamber of Commerce has set up an office in the Macau Special Administrative Region (MSAR). The office of the Chamber, known as C‰mara de ComŽrcio e Indśstria Luso-Chinesa (CCILC), was formally opened by its president, Murteira Nabo, on July 7. The opening ceremony was attended by Macau SAR Chief Executive Edmund Ho Hau-wah.

    Mr Nabo said at the ceremony that the local office would function as a "logistics base" for Portuguese businessmen interested in the Chinese market, adding the CCILC was planning to open offices in Beijing and Shanghai in the near future and to hold a Sino-Portuguese business seminar in the Chinese capital next year.

    Mr Nabo is president of Portugal Telecom (PT) and a former under-secretary of Macau's pre-handover Portuguese administration.


MACAU SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES THE ESTABLISHMENT OF CUSTOMS OFFICE

   The setting-up of the office was required by the Macau Basic Law, which states that the Special Administrative Region "shall be a separate customs territory." Hitherto, the Macau Marine Police handled all customs matters.

    According to an official statement released by the Macau Government Information Bureau on July 17, the Central Government in Beijing has appointed the Commander of the Macau Marine Police, 35-year old Superintendent-General Choi Lai-hang, as the MSAR's first chief of customs.

    The new Customs Office is scheduled to start operating in the autumn.


     

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