Portugal sees the Greater Bay Area plan as a ‘unique opportunity’ to boost its business presence in the region, according to the country’s new consul in Guangzhou.
Ana Menezes Cordeiro, the first woman to head a Portuguese diplomatic office in China, recalls in her inaugural message the importance of trade between Portugal and China in the region, as far back as the 16th century.
“Portugal has maintained a close economic and commercial relationship with southern China. Guangdong is today the province with the highest GDP in the country and, together with the Greater Bay Area (GBA) project, is a unique opportunity to boost the presence of the Portuguese business fabric in the region”, the consul writes.
“The Consulate General team and the AICEP delegation in Guangzhou, will seek to contribute, in close articulation with our Embassy in Beijing and with the Consulates General of Macau and Shanghai, to the strengthening of centuries-old relations between Portugal and the People’s Republic of China”, Menezes Cordeiro adds.
The new consul is in office since last month and says it is “an honor and a privilege to be the first Portuguese woman diplomat to take on a leadership of a mission in China”.
The Consulate General of Portugal in Guangzhou opened to the public on June 26, 2018 and its area of jurisdiction covers the provinces of Guangdong, Hainan, Hunan, Fujian and the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, with a population of 294 million inhabitants.