PORTUGUESE FINANCE MINISTER SAYS MACAU CAN SERVE AFRICAS PORTUGUESE-SPEAKING COUNTRIES AS A "BRIDGE" FOR BUSINESS RELATIONS WITH CHINA
Portuguese Finance Minister António Sousa Franco said at a gathering organised by the Macau governments Economic Co-ordination secretariat at the World Trade Center Macau in September that Macau could serve Africas Portuguese-speaking nations as a "bridge" for business relations with China and other countries in the Asia-Pacific region.
The meeting was hosted by the Macau governments Secretary for Economic Co-ordination, Vitor Pessoa. Several dozen local business community leaders also attended the meeting. Among them were WTCMs Chairman of the Board Susana Chou, President António Leça, Executive Directors Vitor Ng and Peter Lam.
Before Mr. Pessoas briefing, WTCM President António Leça made a presentation on the WTCMs projects, services and facilities.
Mr Pessoa then gave the ministers and officials from Africa a detailed briefing about Macaus economic development and financial system. Participants in the meeting said the African ministers and other high-ranking officials had shown great interest in Macaus potential as a gateway to China.
"Portugal has an historic, cultural and institutional competitive edge (over others) in the Portuguese-speaking countries in Africa," Mr Franco said.
He urged Macaus businessmen to pay more attention to the economic developments and investment opportunities in Angola, Mozambique, São Tomé and Príncipe, Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde.
Macaus Governor, General Vasco Rocha Vieira, is scheduled to lead a high-powered Macau business delegation to Mozambique in November.
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