SAR government to sign cultural agreement with Shenzhen today

Friday, November 28, 2008
Issue 541, Page 3
Word count: 447
Published in: Macau Daily Times

By Poyi (Natalie) Leung in Shenzhen

The Macau government will sign three cooperation agreements with Shenzhen officials in the areas of culture, education and tourism today.

Chief Executive Edmund Ho Hau Wah led an official delegation including Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture Chui Sai On to the mainland city of Shenzhen yesterday afternoon, and was received by Zhuo Qinrui, the Deputy Mayor of Shenzhen Municipal Government.

Afterwards officials from the two governments visited the Guanlan Print Original Industry Base in Baoan district where 40 artists such as from Canada, the US, Belgium and Korea stationed in the print workshop.

Mr Edmund Ho also paid a courtesy call to Liu Yupu, the Secretary of the Shenzhen Municipal Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), and Xu Zongheng, the Mayor of Shenzhen at Wuzhou Guesthouse in the evening.

However the media was not provided with any information about the meeting as it was an “official activity”.

On the other hand, top government officials from the two cities will attend a conference to discuss cooperation especially in terms of cultural exchange at 10.30 am today at Wuzhou Guesthouse.

Following the discussion, two agreements on culture and education as well as a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on tourism will be signed between the parties.

The SAR will send Heidi Ho, the director of the Cultural Affairs Bureau, Sou Chio Fai, the director of the Education and Youth Affairs Bureau, and Joao Manuel Costa Antunes, the director of the Macau Government Tourist Office to sign the pacts.

Secretary Chui Sai On will give further details about the agreements in a press briefing afterwards.

The Macau delegation will in the afternoon visit the Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Centre and also the OCT-LOFT Huaqiao Creative Park before concluding the two-day visit in the mainland city today.

The Guanlan Print Original Industry Base that the officials went to yesterday occupies a site of 1.4 million square metres in the Niuhu Community, which was the hometown of renowned printmaking artist and art theorist Chen Yanqiao.

The project comprises of a print workshop, an international artists village as well as a commercial street where prints are sold.

The print workshop, opened in May 2008, provides advanced print press equipment and materials from around the world for its artists.

At the same time, print technicians with comprehensive knowledge from both mainland China and abroad have been invited to station in the workshop.

The international artists village is the transformation of old Hakka houses and can accommodate up to 100 artists who wish to live and work at the Industry Base.

The interior of each house is equipped with modern facilities, whilst the landscape and green fields give artists a calming living environment.

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