"Macau is committed to a commercial Plataform with the PALOP"

The Chief Executive of Macau, visiting Lisbon, reinforced the purpose of the Chinese special administrative region to become a commercial Plataforma for the Portuguese-speaking countries

The Special Administrative Region of Macau (MSAR) "is committed to being a World Tourism and Leisure Center and to function as a trading Plataforma of Portuguese-speaking countries with China", said Chui Sai On, Chief Executive of Macau, at the end of today's afternoon during the inauguration of the exhibition "One Country, Two Systems in Macau" at the Epic Sana hotel in Lisbon.

Fernando Chui Sai On, who is visiting Portugal at the invitation of the Portuguese Government to strengthen the cooperation, toasted with the Portuguese Minister of Internal Affairs, Eduardo Cabrita, to strengthen the ties between China and Portugal in the various fields. "When I lived in Macau between 1988 and early 1996's we all worked for the future of the region," recalled Eduardo Cabrita, who still made use of the Cantonese learned in the territory for formal greetings. The Portuguese Minister of Internal Affairs pointed out that even in the area of Public Security there is cooperation between the Portuguese PSP and the Macau police.

Also attending the ceremony were the Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture of Macau, Alexis Tam - who spent nearly two months in the Portuguese capital when Macau was the international guest destination of the Lisbon Tourism Exchange - and the ambassador of the People's Republic of China in Portugal, Cai Run.

The Chief Executive of Macau highlighted the successful implementation by China of the "One Country, Two Systems" principle over the past two decades. After the reunion of Hiong Kong and Macau with China, which were former colonies of the United Kingdom and Portugal, respectively, Beijing decided that although the regime was socialist in Mainland China, the two special administrative regions could continue to practice capitalism with a high degree of autonomy. This high "autonomy" was underlined by Chui Sai On that reassured that the territory achieved, under this principle, "a rapid economic growth and progress in all activities and a harmonious and stable level in society."

The MSAR Government attaches great value to strengthening relations with Portugal and has invested in strengthening cooperation in recent years. Chui Sai On recalled that since 2011 there have been five meetings of Macau-Portugal Joint Committee. This "close cultural interchange with deep historical roots" is important for Macau who still exhibits in its streets "writings in Cantonese and Portuguese".

The Macau Chief Executive's visit to Portugal began on Sunday with a meeting with China's ambassador to Portugal, Cai Run. Today, Chui Sai On was received at the Palace of Belém by the President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.

On Tuesday, Macau's chief executive will meet with Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa and the next day will be the sixth meeting of the Macau-Portugal Joint Commission, which will be attended by Portugal's foreign businesses minister, Augusto Santos Silva. The meeting will be followed by the signing of cooperation agreements and a joint press conference. The last stop is the city of Oporto, where, on Friday 17, Chui Sai On will meet the mayor, Rui Moreira, from whom he will receive the Keys of the City.

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