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Macauhub / The Deputy Secretary-General of the Permanent Secretariat of the Forum for Economic and Trade Co-operation between China and Portuguese-speaking Countries (Macao), Mr Vicente de Jesus Manuel, completed his term in office on July 10, 2017. Mr Vicente Manuel had been appointed as Deputy Secretary General of the Permanent Secretariat of Forum Macao, representing the Portuguese-speaking Countries, in July 2014.
Mozambican diplomat Vicente Manuel has resigned as Deputy Secretary-General of the Permanent Secretariat of Forum Macau and is expected to be replaced shortly by economist Rodrigo Manuel Ferreira Brum.
Manuel, who was born in Mandimba, Niassa, northern Mozambique, served in Forum Macau for three years, nominated by the Portuguese-speaking countries.
The diplomat, who studied at Renmin University in Beijing between 1994 and 1997, joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mozambique in 1998.
Rodrigo Brum, 60, served in the Macau government in the 1990s as the chief of staff of the then Assistant Secretary for Economy and Finance.
The Portuguese economist, born in Mozambique, has a degree in Business Management from the Higher Institute of Economics of the Technical University of Lisbon.
About Forum Macau
The Forum for Economic and Trade Co-operation between China and Portuguese-speaking Countries (Macao), also known as Forum Macau, was launched in October 2003. It resulted from an initiative by China’s Central Government, in co-ordination with seven Portuguese-speaking Countries — namely Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal and East Timor — and with the collaboration of the Government of the Macau Special Administrative Region (Macao SAR). São Tomé and Príncipe joined Forum Macau in March 2017, becoming the eighth Portuguese-speaking Country to join the organisation.
Forum Macau is a multilateral, intergovernmental co-operation mechanism aimed at promoting economic and trade exchanges between China and Portuguese-speaking Countries, by using Macau as a connecting platform between those places.
Up to now, five Forum Macau Ministerial Conferences have been held, all of them in Macao. They were in October 2003; September 2006; November 2010; November 2013; and October 2016. At each of those meetings, the respective participants approved an individual Strategic Plan for Economic and Trade Co-operation. Each Strategic Plan for each edition of the Ministerial Conferences has identified a number of areas for co-operation — including intergovernmental co-operation — namely on: trade; investment and entrepreneurship; production capacity; agriculture; forestry; fisheries and livestock; infrastructure; energy and natural resources; education and human resources; finance; development co-operation; tourism; transport and communication; culture; media; sports; health; maritime affairs; and co-operation among provinces and municipalities.
During the 5th Ministerial Conference, the Participating Countries in Forum Macau signed the “Memorandum of Understanding on Promoting Co-operation in Production Capacity – Forum Macau”, paving the way for a new model for economic and trade co-operation between China and the Portuguese-speaking Countries.
Participating Countries have fully implemented each Strategic Plan approved since Forum Macau was launched, thus contributing to the further enhancement of economic, trade and investment co-operation.Source: Macauhub / forumchinaplp.org.mo
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