Second, promote two-way investment. Compared with what we have achieved in trade, we have not fully unleashed the potential of two-way investment. We need to improve the laws and regulations on mutual investment, remove investment barriers, facilitate negotiations on bilateral investment protection treaties and treaties on avoiding double taxation, and carry out investment promotion activities in multiple forms so that the two-way investment will achieve substantive growth as soon as possible. We should continue to enhance our investment cooperation on infrastructure, telecommunications, energy, agriculture and natural resources development, and encourage the small and medium-sized enterprises to cooperate through multiple channels. Chinese enterprises are competitive and experienced in infrastructure construction, while the Portuguese-speaking countries have big markets. This can become a new growth area in our cooperation. China supports competent Chinese enterprises in making investment in the Portuguese-speaking countries and welcomes companies from the Portuguese-speaking countries to start businesses in China in pursuit of mutual benefit and win-win outcomes.
Third, actively explore new areas of cooperation. Cooperation between China and the Portuguese-speaking countries should not be limited to such traditional areas as economy and trade, human resources and infrastructure. It should be expanded to new areas. Both China and the Portuguese-speaking countries are rich in tourism resources and our cooperation in this field has broad prospects. China will promote tourism resources of the Portuguese-speaking countries and support more Portuguese-speaking countries in getting the Approved Destination Status (ADS) for Chinese tourists. Businesses and the general public of the two sides have a strong desire for transport cooperation. Governments should create conditions and support the businesses in establishing convenient and smooth logistic networks and opening more direct flights. We should deepen financial cooperation, increase exchanges between our central banks and regulatory authorities, facilitate cooperation between policy and commercial banks, and encourage the establishment of branches of banks in each other's countries at appropriate times with a view to providing important support for our economic cooperation and trade. At the same time, we should make active efforts to expand practical cooperation in education, culture, health, sports and other social programs to enhance the mutual understanding and friendship between our peoples.
Fourth, bring into full play Macao's role as the cooperation platform. Macao has the unique advantage of being a place where Eastern and Western cultures meet. It has sound infrastructure, a sophisticated financial services system, a free and open business environment and a reservoir of Chinese-Portuguese bilingual professionals. Macao is becoming an important platform for economic cooperation and trade between China and the Portuguese-speaking countries. The Chinese government gives full support to economic exchanges and trade between Macao and the Portuguese-speaking countries, and encourages Chinese companies to pursue various forms of exchanges and cooperation with their counterparts from those countries via the platform of Macao. We hope that the participating countries of the Forum will continue to make good use of this platform and strive for even closer business ties. The Macao SAR government should continue to give full play to its advantages, provide good services for the implementation of the goals of the Forum, and make the Forum a bridge for the business exchanges and friendly cooperation between China and the Portuguese-speaking countries.成都翻译公司
Ladies and Gentlemen,
The eight brothers of this Forum are at different stages of development. To help the developing Portuguese-speaking countries achieve faster development and shake off poverty is our common responsibility. China values its friendship with the Portuguese-speaking countries, and stands ready to play its part in meeting this responsibility. The Chinese government will take the following measures over the 2010-2013 period:
First, financial institutions from the Chinese mainland and Macao will initiate a US$1 billion cooperation and development fund between China and the Portuguese-speaking countries to boost financial cooperation.
Second, provide 1.6 billion RMB yuan in concessional loans under the bilateral framework to the Asian and African members of the Forum.
Third, provide materials, equipment, technical personnel and other support to one bilateral agricultural cooperation project in each Asian and African member of the Forum.
Fourth, train 1,500 officials and technical personnel for the Asian and African members of the Forum and support the Macao SAR government in establishing a training centre under the Forum in Macao.
Fifth, provide 1,000 one-year government scholarships to students from the Asian and African members of the Forum to study in China.
Sixth, provide medical equipment and devices worth 10 million RMB yuan to each Asian and African member of the Forum.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
A philosophical saying in Portuguese reads, "Cooperation is the port of life". To advance the economic cooperation and trade between China and the Portuguese-speaking countries is in the fundamental interest of both sides. It meets the call of our times and the wish of our people. I sincerely hope that all the participating countries of the Forum will follow the historical trend and the will of the people, promote common development through diversified cooperation, make the Forum a high-quality one with distinctive features and practical results, and work together to write a new chapter in our economic cooperation and trade.
I wish this ministerial conference full success.