Macau Forum Preparing Ministerial Conference With Restructuring Ongoing

The Macau Forum is preparing for the sixth ministerial conference, while its Permanent Secretariat is under restructuring.

The institution’s secretary-general said  Ji Xianzheng said during a meeting with local media that “the Permanent Secretariat is focused on preparing the Sixth Ministerial Conference of the Macau Forum”.

Initially scheduled for 2019, the sixth Forum for Economic and Commercial Cooperation between China and the Portuguese-speaking Countries (Macau) ministerial conference was postponed to June 2020 due to elections to the Macau Legislative Assembly, but with the Covid-19 pandemic it ended up not taking place.

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Five ministerial conferences were held in the territory in 2003, 2006, 2010, 2013 and 2016, during which Action Plans for Economic and Trade Cooperation were adopted.

Ji Xianzheng said that the Macau Forum will “continue to broaden the cooperation platforms” and promote exchanges between “all the parties involved” in the “areas of the economy, trade, culture and other areas”, including with visits to the interior of China and to the Lusophone countries to “increase the effectiveness of commercial and economic promotion activities”.

The Macau Special Administrative Region (MACR) Government announced this week that the Office of Support of the Permanent Secretariat of the Macau Forum will be restructured and integrated into the Institute for the Promotion of Trade and Investment (IPIM).

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IPIM told the public broadcaster Radio Macau that the decision to restructure the Permanent Secretariat is aimed “to ensure that the work can be developed constantly and more efficiently”.

After the restructuring, IPIM said, a team “dedicated exclusively to the work in this area” will be formed, “in order to integrate and make available more resources in order to increase efficiency”.


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