The Macau Special Administrative Region (MSAR) and the Municipality of Shanghai signed four cooperation agreements on Tuesday to intensify partnerships in areas such as tourism, trade, and conventions and exhibitions.
At the ceremony, Macau Chief Executive Chui Sai On said the two regions want to strengthen ties “in the fields of tourism and culture, economy, trade, conventions and exhibitions, financial cooperation and civil service training.”
The Chief Executive also said that business and civil society exchanges have also been strengthened, which bolsters the basis for cooperation to further deepen relations between Shanghai and Macau.
In a meeting with the Mayor of Shanghai, Ying Yong, Chui Sai On said Macau’s development is focused on tourism and being a service platform for trade cooperation between China and the Portuguese-speaking countries.
The Chief Executive also said that the launch of the “General Planning and Construction Lines of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay,” along with the approval by the Central Government of the territory’s participation in the “Belt and Road” will bring great benefits to Macau.
According to the head of the government, both regions can benefit from each other because there is complementarity among the projects.
Chui Sai On also recalled that Macau will take part in the first China International Imports Exhibition in November in Shanghai. A delegation of the territory has already been established with representatives of public services, overseas Chinese associations and business people.
Ying Yong said he intends to use this meeting as a means to further deepen cooperation with Macau and reaffirmed Shanghai’s willingness to create more cooperation mechanisms with Macau by announcing that next year more cooperation agreements will be signed.