Macau and Portugal Strengthen Ties in Justice, Economy and Trade

The Chief Executive of Macau, Ho Iat Seng, and the Minister of Justice of the Portugal, Rita Alarcão Júdice, discussed the reinforcement of cooperation between Macau and Portugal in the fields of justice, economy and trade, during a meeting on June 10.

According to the Social Communication Office, during the meeting, Ho Iat Seng referred to the close friendship and long-standing ties between the two countries, underlined the importance of the Portuguese language and culture for Macau and thanked the Portuguese Ministry of Justice for its strong support in recruiting Portuguese judges and prosecutors.

The Chief Executive said he hoped that Macau and Portugal could continue to deepen exchanges and cooperation in the areas of economy and trade, tourism, culture, health and education,

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Ho Iat Seng also expressed the region’s commitment to building the Guangdong-Macau Deep Cooperation Zone in Hengqin, in order to promote the proper diversification of Macau’s economy, and encouraged Portuguese companies in the areas of science and technology and Greater Health to seek business opportunities in Macau and in the Cooperation Zone.

The Minister of Justice of the Portuguese Republic emphasized how honored she was to be visiting Macau on Portugal’s Day and the 500th anniversary of the birth of Luís de Camões, and underlined her hope to reinforce exchanges and ties with Macau and other Asian regions in the field of justice.

Rita Alarcão Júdice also said that the Ministry of Justice was committed to promoting and continuing judicial cooperation between Portugal and Macau, and showed her appreciation for the work being done by Portuguese judges, prosecutors and lawyers in the Macau SAR, the statement said.

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The minister thanked the Macau SAR government for promoting Portuguese language teaching, which serves to bridge the bilateral gap, and pointed out that Portugal and Macau can cooperate in a number of areas.

Lastly, Júdice hoped to strengthen relations between the two sides and highlighted Portugal’s intention to deepen friendly relations with China through Macau’s role as a Sino-Portuguese platform.

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