Ladies and Gentlemen,
China values its friendship with Portuguese-speaking countries and is ready to provide help to those in Asia and Africa within China’s capacity. Since the launch of the forum, China has signed framework agreements to offer 6.09 billion yuan worth of concessional loans, reduced or canceled 230 million yuan worth of matured debts, and trained 7,600 professionals for Asian and African Portuguese-speaking countries. All eight assistance measures pledged by China at the last ministerial meeting have been implemented.
Now, let me take this opportunity to announce major highlights of the 18 new and greater assistance measures China will implement in the next three years, which include the following:
– No less than 2 billion yuan in grant assistance for Asian and African Portuguese-speaking countries, mainly for agriculture, trade and investment facilitation, prevention and treatment of malaria, traditional medicine research and other such projects that aim to improve people’s lives.
– No less than 2 billion yuan in concessional loans for Asian and African Portuguese-speaking countries, mainly for linking up industries, cooperation on production capacity and deepening infrastructure cooperation.
– Cancellation of 500 million yuan in matured interest-free debts for least developed Asian and African Portuguese-speaking countries.
– Continued sending of medical teams with 200 personnel to Asian and African Portuguese-speaking countries, twinning of hospitals among forum members and maternal and child health programs and short-term free clinical consultation services.
– 2,000 training opportunities and 2,500 person-year Chinese government scholarships to forum members.
– Encouragement of the setting-up and upgrading of overseas business cooperation zones in forum members by Chinese companies.
– Building maritime meteorological monitoring stations and other facilities to tackle disasters and climate change in case of need in forum members.
Last but not least, we will support the establishment of a financial service platform between China and Portuguese-speaking countries, an association of business leaders, a cultural exchange center, a bilingual human resource training base and a youth innovation and entrepreneurship center in Macao and offer 30 opportunities for in-service degree programs to forum members to be jointly undertaken by the Mainland and Macao.
Macao SAR will play an important role in providing the platform and supporting the implementation of these measures.