Central government helps Macao leverage its role as a hub linking China and Portuguese-speaking countries: PM Li

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang delivers a speech online at the opening ceremony of a special ministerial conference of the Forum for Economic and Trade Cooperation between China and Portuguese-speaking Countries, also known as the Macau Forum , in Beijing, capital of China, on April 10, 2022. Photo: Xinhua

Macao is a bridge connecting China and Portuguese-speaking countries, and the central government supports the Special Administrative Region to better leverage its unique advantages, Premier Li Keqiang said on Sunday, calling for stronger cooperation with Portuguese-speaking countries.

Li made the remarks via video link while attending the opening ceremony of a special ministerial conference of the Forum for Economic and Trade Cooperation between China and Portuguese-speaking Countries, also known as the Macao Forum, Xinhua reported.

Member states of the forum are good friends and partners with further pragmatic cooperation in various fields, Li said.

Trade between China and Portuguese-speaking countries has exceeded 100 billion U.S. dollars for five consecutive years and exceeded 200 billion U.S. dollars last year, which fully indicates the resilience and potential for cooperation, according to the prime minister.

At present, the uncertain and unstable factors facing the global economy are notably on the upside, he said, citing international and regional turmoil and concerns and the still-hugging COVID-19 pandemic. rage.

China has always upheld world peace and is ready to continue to play a constructive role in safeguarding peace and promoting common development and prosperity, together with Portuguese-speaking countries and the international society, Xi said. Li.

In addition, China is ready to strengthen cooperation with Portuguese-speaking countries in vaccines, medicine and health care, and has set up an epidemic prevention communication center in Macao, the prime minister said.

The country sticks to high-level institutional openness and stands ready to work with Portuguese-speaking countries to jointly push for the liberalization and facilitation of trade and investment, Li said, calling for partnerships to advance infrastructure connectivity, industry capacity, green trade and energy conservation, and environmental protection.

Government delegates from China and eight Portuguese-speaking countries, including Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal, Sao Tome and Principe and Timor-Leste, took part to the meeting and relevant online or in-person activities. , according to Xinhua.