Portuguese President Jorge Sampaio meets with Macau
Government Secretary for Economic Co-ordination Vitor Pessos, WTCM Chairman
of the Board Susana Chou and WTCM President António Leça
during visit to Portugal
WTCM DELEGATION ATTENDS MACAU TRADE AND INVESTMENT PROMOTION SEMINAR IN
A high-powered delegation of the World Trade
Center Macau attended a Macau Trade and Investment Promotion Seminar in
Barcelona in June, which was organised by the Macau Trade and Investment
Promotion Institute (IPIM).
The WTCM delegation comprised Chairman of the Board Susana Chou, Executive
Committee President Ant6nio Leça and Executive Director Vitor Ng.
Mr Leça said the WTCM delegation's presence at the seminar
"was extremely useful for strengthening trade relations between Spain and
Speaking at the seminar in Spain's business capital, Secretary for
Economic Co-ordination Vitor Pessoa underlined the Territory's growing
importance as a "launch pad for businesses in Asia, namely in China".
Over 100 prominent Spanish businessmen attended the seminar.
The seminar also included an exhibition of products made in Macau and
a "contact bourse" for businessmen from Spain and Macau.
The event was also attended by 13 companies from Macau's various manufacturing
sectors, namely garments and textiles, furniture, leather goods and sports
Mr Pessoa stressed the seminar had been held in the Catalonian capital
because the city was considered to be Spain's prime international business
As a direct result of the seminar, a high-powered Spanish business
mission, in conjunction with the Sino~Spanish Bilateral Business Co-operation
Committee, is scheduled to visit Macau later this year.
The Sino-Spanish Bilateral Business Co-operation Committee and the
Macau rrade and Investment Promotion 1 tistitute signed a co-operation
agreement during the seminar.
Mr Pessoa emphasised that the Spanish market had for Macau businessmen
taken priority over other European Union markets, adding that Macau could
serve as an important launch pad for Spanish businesses in China and elsewhere
The three-day seminar on "Macau a gateway to China"also included a
special address by jo5o Domingos, President of the Macau Trade and Investment
Promotion Institute, about Macau's ample business and investment opportunities.
Following the seminar in Barcelona, the WTCM delegation took part in
the Second International Convention in Lisbon on June 16 - 18.
Apart from establishing useful contacts with businessmen and government
representatives from Portuguese-language countries, the WTCM delegation
was received by Portuguese President Jorge Sampaio and Economic Affairs
Minister Augusto Mateus during the stay in the Portuguese capital