Blue economy boosts Sino-Lusophone partnership

The development plan for Guangdong Bay is an opportunity for businesses.

All Portuguese-speaking countries have in common with China, and with Macao in particular, extensive sea coasts and vast marine resources. The development of the so-called sea economy, taking into account the sustainability of the oceans, offers multiple opportunities for cooperation between these states. Macao, as an integral part of Guangdong Great Bay, where the Chinese government has a development plan to catapult it to world leadership, can be the gateway to economic and academic cooperation in Portuguese.

The importance of creating networks of cities, knowledge and media that bring all these interests together was the genesis that triggered the organization of the conference Blue Platform: the new economy, which ends tomorrow, in Vila Nova de Gaia, under the auspices of the local authority and the Media Platform. The initiative was attended by several Portuguese, Macanese and Chinese individuals, producing a debate around issues such as oceans and sustainability, opportunities for cooperation and challenges within the Great Bay Area, and was even a networking space for 30 young people of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries, on the potentialities of major Chinese development projects. In this context, the role of the media is fundamental.

Aggregate and diffuse

The approach of the Lusophone communities to Macao and China is a bet with more than a year of the online newspaper Plataforma (owned by the Global Media Group), which includes Portuguese, Chinese and English content on the economic, political, social and cultural news of the Portuguese-speaking space and also from Macao and China. As stressed by José Carlos Matias, director of Plataforma, the newspaper was born "seeking to give a communicational and journalistic dimension to a need to understand the realities of this diverse group of economies and societies."

The Platform brought together a set of partners from Brazil, Angola and Macao, where also pontificate all media outlets of Portuguese Global Media Group. José Carlos Matias aims to expand this network to build "a journalistic universe of sharing and partnership based on the multiplicity and diversity of Portuguese-speaking countries" and to project it in the various world languages, so that the reality of these countries can be increasingly known.

By gaining this know-how, business between Portuguese-speaking countries and China can also go better. The knowledge of cultures and the reality of markets is essential for establishing business relationships. In this context, José Carlos Matias stressed that Macao has invested in the teaching of the Portuguese language, a fact that can be seen from the growing number of students, as well as from the schools that teach Portuguese.

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