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Macau and Shenzhen sign six agreements on food and education
Macau and Shenzhen signed six agreements and memoranda yesterday on food inspection, medicine surveillance, and education, amongst others, during the Shenzhen-Macao Co-operation Meeting.
Macau’s Chief Executive, Fernando Chui Sai On led his delegation to Shenzhen for the meetings with Mayor of Shenzhen, Xu Qin, and other major officials. The Executive Deputy Mayor of Shenzhen, Lu Ruifeng, and Macau’s Secretary for Economy and Finance, Francis Tam Pak Yuen, briefed their counterparts on the economic and social development of the two cities in the past year, and reviewed their co-operation in trade, tourism, culture, traditional medicine, food safety, and medicine inspection.
After the meeting, officials from Macau and Shenzhen signed six agreements and memoranda on frozen poultry inspection, inspection techniques, education, medicine surveillance and medicine inspection. At a press conference after the meeting, Tam said that the agreements and memoranda signed were mostly associated with the daily lives of the general public. Both Xu and Tam said that the two governments should extend their co-operation in trade, finance, tourism, creative industry, traditional medicine and education, as well as make use of Macau’s role as a trade and service platform between China and the Portuguese-speaking countries, promoting opportunities offered in the Qianhai industrial zone.
The Chief Executive and the Macau delegation visited a technology firm in Shenzhen, also attending a seminar on the development of the Qianhai industrial zone - which Shenzhen officials said would be a zone for innovative operations on major industries, including finance, medicine, education, and telecommunications. The mainland officials also stressed that Qianhai is not intended as a competitor with Hengqin, which is housing another cooperative zone between Macau and the mainland neighbor of Zhuhai.
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