On November 5, 2013, Vice Premier of the State Council Wang Yang attended the opening ceremony of the Fourth Ministerial Meeting of the Forum on Economic and Trade Cooperation between China and Portuguese-speaking Countries in Macao, and delivered a speech entitled "Jointly Work to Create a Better Tomorrow of Win-win Cooperation between China and Portuguese-speaking Countries".
Wang Yang pointed out that the past ten years since the establishment of the Forum have witnessed ever deeper economic and trade cooperation between China and Portuguese-speaking countries, closer exchanges at all levels, and more secure brotherhood. Practices have proven that China and the Portuguese-speaking countries are friends of sharing weal and woe and going through thick and thin together, and also partners bringing each other reciprocity and mutual benefit and common development.
Wang Yang emphasized that nowadays the world is an open and cooperative world. China and Portuguese-speaking countries all have their own advantages in capital, technology, resources, market and other aspects. Meanwhile, China and Portuguese-speaking countries are at the main artery of international shipping and enjoy convenient cooperation conditions as well as huge cooperation potential. China and Portuguese-speaking countries should further expand the bilateral trade scale and deepen cooperation in investment, agriculture, tourism and other fields with a long-term perspective and pragmatic measures in order to strive to make the trade value between China and Portuguese-speaking countries exceed 160 billion USD in 2016 and promote the cooperation between China and Portuguese-speaking countries to broader scope, wider fields and higher level.
Wang Yang announced that the Chinese government has eight new measures to support the development of Portuguese-speaking countries in the coming three years. First, China will provide 1.8 billion RMB preferential loans for Asian and African countries of the Forum, with priority to support the construction of infrastructure and production projects. Second, China will share its own successful experience of constructing special economic zones and development zones with Portuguese-speaking countries and establish overseas economic and trade cooperation zones in countries who are interested. Third, China will provide aid construction for every Asian and African country of the Forum with one education training facility and contribute one solar-powered lighting application project and a batch of broadcast, television and news equipments. Fourth, China will help Asian and African countries of the Forum train 2,000 skilled personnel of all types. Fifth, China will provide 1,800 government scholarships for Portuguese-speaking countries of the Forum. Sixth, China will dispatch 210 person-times of medical personnel to Asian and African countries of the Forum. Seventh, China will establish an information-sharing platform in Macao for bilingual talents, enterprise cooperation and communication and interaction of China and Portuguese-speaking countries. Eighth, China will vigorously carry out trilateral cooperation with Asian and African countries of the Forum in education and training, agriculture, environmental protection, new energy and other fields.
During his stay in Macao, Wang Yang attended the launching ceremony of the new campus of the University of Macao located in Hengqin Island, Zhuhai, Guangdong Province.The construction of the new campus started three years ago and it is an important measure of the Central Government supporting the development of the University of Macao. Wang Yang and Fernando Chui Sai On, Chief Executive of Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR), jointly unveiled the nameplate for the new campus.
Wang Yang also met with Edmund Ho Hau Wah, Vice Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.