By Poyi (Natalie) Leung
Chief Executive Fernando Sai On said he will minimise the number of official visits in the future, but stressed that the SAR Government will remain focussed on reinforcing the ties with the Mainland in order to push forward economic diversification in Macau.
The Chief Executive flew to Xiamen in Fujian province for today’s opening of the 14th China International Fair for Investment and Trade. Before this, he had been out of Macau for work most of the past months. He just returned to Macau on Monday after attending the celebratory activity for the 30th anniversary for the founding of the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone.
Yet, Fernando Chui Sai On told reporters before departure at the Macau International Airport yesterday that “after discussions with colleagues we deem that the number of visits needs to be reduced and we should concentrate on strengthening the ties and exchange with the Mainland”.
He reiterated that with the support of the Central Government and various Chinese provinces, it is hoped that the SAR can further promote economic diversification based on the “solid foundation” built over the past decade, “in a bid to come up with some innovative plans which can support the future sustainable development of Macau”.
Apart from participating in conferences, expos and forums, the Chief Executive pointed out that the Government delegations’ work on the Mainland is to be part of the new regional cooperation projects, as well as to promote Macau brands and products to the Chinese population as a way to support the local small and medium enterprises.
He also said that after a period of practice, “it is proved that there are opportunities and potential for the promotion of Macau products in mainland China”.
In addition, the Chief Executive assured reporters that the development prospects for the Pearl River Delta and Pan-Pearl River Delta cooperation are “optimistic”, and therefore “it is worth paying numerous visits to the Mainland and devoting a lot of effort”.
Chui Sai On also disclosed that the work for the Framework Agreement for Guangdong-Macau Cooperation has entered the final stage, adding that he believed that the draft will be completed shortly and submitted to the central government for approval.
He said the overall direction of the framework agreement will be based on “The Outline of the Plan for the Reform and Development of the Pearl River Delta” and the “Hengqin Overall Development Plan,” and from there the Guangdong and Macau sides will formulate some cooperation projects in detail, including the joint development of the industrial park on Hengqin Island.