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Angolan consul says Macau needs to boost its service sector

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The Consul General of Angola in Macau, Pedro da Silva Feijó Sobrinho, believes the MSAR could play a more significant role in the service sector, particularly in regards to business relations between Macau, Angola and Guangzhou. On the sidelines of the 38th anniversary of Angolan independence, celebrated last Friday, he praised Forum Macau’s decision to support the establishment of three strategic business centers and added that it will “help develop the service sector.”
“If we look at informal relations between China, Macau and Angola, we find out that there is a considerable volume of cooperation between Angola and Guangzhou, for instance. Services are rendered [there] and those should be provided by Macau, namely translations and intermediary companies’ services,” he commented, adding that the three announced centers “could help improve this sector.”
The Forum for Economic and Trade Co-operation between China and Portuguese-speaking countries conducted its fourth ministerial conference early this month.
During the conference, it was announced that three centers would be created in Macau, a center of commercial services for Lusophone small and medium enterprises, a convention and exhibition center, and a center for food products distribution.
Last Friday, during a dinner held to commemorate Angola’s Independence Day, the consul general focused his speech on the three strategic centers. In addition, he emphasized the need to further train a higher number of bilingual professionals.
“The Republic of Angola praises the unhesitating support of the People’s Republic of China to the creation, in this territory, of a center of qualified bilingual professionals, with the aim of boosting Macau’s role as a platform for the cooperation [between China and the Portuguese-speaking countries],” he stated.
In his opinion, Macau will end up “winning”, following such decisions. “Its role as a services’ center will be considerably reinforced and Forum Macau is to be congratulated, since what we [ultimately] aim for is to promote more diversified cooperation, and attract Chinese private companies to enjoy the potential of Angolan natural resources (…),” Pedro da Silva Feijó Sobrinho stressed.
Angola gained its independence from former colonial power Portugal on November 11, 1975. The consul general in Macau commented that his country had been in a state of war until 2002. Since then, the government has been investing “in the improvement of social indicators, such as healthcare assistance, education, housing, reducing unemployment, training of professionals, among others.”
As a country that needed to rebuild much of its infrastructure, Angola is now able to provide a safer and more efficient circulation throughout its provinces, he stressed.
“Free circulation has helped the country’s potential to rise again and to attract great national and foreign investors,” the consul general stated. Pedro da Silva Feijó Sobrinho recognized that mainland China has played an important role in Angola’s evolution: “China has been the great engine of our development.”
The Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture attended the dinner to commemorate Angola’s Independence Day. In his speech, Cheong U stated hopes that the relations between Angola and Macau can “evolve in the future within a framework of prosperity and peace.” Staff reporter

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