Macau government head in Portugal to strengthen cooperation

The Chief Executive of Macau, Chui Sai On, is in Lisbon for an official visit that also includes the city of Porto. This is expected to be Chu"s third and last trip to Portugal as the top leader of the Macau Special Administrative Region, ahead of the end of his second term as CE in December this year.

The Chief Executive will have a busy agenda while he is in Portugal. Today, 13 May, he will meet the President of the Portuguese Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa at the Belém Palace. The visit happens thirteen days after Rebelo de Sousa visited Macau, where he met Chui Sai On. At the meeting held on May 1, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa announced that the leader of the territory administered previously by Portugal expressed support for the construction of a new campus for the Portuguese School of Macau.

The cooperation in the sector of education will be highlighted during the visit, which includes a debate session with Macau residents currently studying in Lisbon. The number of Macau students benefiting from scholarships to study in Portuguese universities has grown in the latest years, having duplicated from 2013 to 2019 to around 270 this academic year.

Tomorrow (Tuesday), the CE will meet the Portuguese Prime-Minister António Costa and on Wednesday he will co-chair the 6th meeting of the Macau-Portugal Joint Commission with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Augusto Santos Silva, to promote collaboration in various fields. The meeting will be followed by the signing of cooperation agreements and a press conference.

The city of Lisbon will also be the stage for a photographic exhibition commemorating the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the MSAR

The last stop of the visit will occur on Friday in the city of Porto, where he will meet the mayor Rui Moreira, who will grant him the "Keys to the City."

The visit of Chui Sai On to Portugal occurs in a year with special meaning. This year will mark the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Portuguese Republic and the People"s Republic of China. It also marks the 20 years of the handover of the territory to China.

The Macau Special Administrative Region (MSAR) was set up on December 20, 1999 with Edmund Ho Hau Wah, Chui"s predecessor, as the region"s first chief executive.

Before he went to Lisbon, Chui Sai granted a written interview to Lusa news agency, stating that the trip to Lisbon and Porto will help to obtain "more unanimity", particularly after the recent visits of the President of China, Xi Jinping, to Lisbon, and the visit of Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa to Portugal.

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