This Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture of Macau, Alexis Tam and the Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education of Portugal, Manuel Heitor. An agreement on the delivery of fugitive offenders was also signed by the Secretary for the Administration and Justice of Macau, Sónia Chan and the Minister of Justice of Portugal, Francisca Van Dunem.
The meeting of the Joint Commission, which was co-chaired by the Chief Executive of Macau, Chui Sai On and the Portuguese Minister of Foreign Affairs, Augusto Santos Silva, established a consensus on the need to deepen cooperation and carry out joint development with mutual benefits and advantages.
In statements made at the end of the meeting, the Chief Executive said that the Macau-Portugal Joint Commission was established by the “Framework Agreement for Cooperation between the Macau Special Administrative Region and the Portuguese Republic,” under the principle of friendship and mutual benefits.
As for the role of the economic and trade platform, Chui Sai On said that the positive influence of the Forum for Economic and Trade Cooperation between China and the Portuguese-speaking Countries (Macau) is higher, noting that trade last year amounted to US$147.3 billion, or 13 times more than in 2003, the year the Macau Forum was created.
Chui Sai On said that Macau will continue to make use of the advantages of Forum Macau, carrying out the role of the Cooperation and Development Fund between China and Portuguese-speaking Countries, as well as fostering exchange and collaboration between China and the Portuguese-speaking countries and Macau and will support the launch of projects by young entrepreneurs from Portugal in the construction project for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay.
The Portuguese Foreign Minister said that the 6th meeting dealt with fundamental issues on the agenda of bilateral relations, including economic issues and Portuguese language and education.