The head of the Macao Government will hold an official visit to Portugal from 11 to 19 May, which will hold meetings with the President of the Republic and the Prime Minister, officials announced today.
Chief Executive Chui Sai On will lead a delegation from the Macao Special Administrative Region Government during a visit to Lisbon and Porto, according to a statement from the government spokesman’s office.
“In Lisbon, the head of the executive will be received in audience by President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa and later by the Prime Minister of Portugal, António Costa, with whom he will exchange ideas on the consolidation of relations of friendship between Macau and Portugal and the strengthening of bilateral cooperation “, can be read in the same note.
Chui Sai On will chair the 6th meeting of the Macau-Portugal Joint Commission with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Augusto Santos Silva, during which “cooperation in various fields will be intensified,” said Macao officials.
The Macao Government will also organize a photo exhibition in Lisbon to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Macao SAR.
The communique explains that “in this context, a commemorative reception is also planned, for which long-time and recent friends will be invited to discuss … the development and changes of Macao.”
Also in Lisbon, the same person will participate in a debate with students from Macao who attend higher education in Portugal.
Chui Sai On will also sign a “memorandum of understanding for the framework of cooperation in the promotion of friendship,” the authorities said.
After signing, the head of the executive “will be awarded the Keys of the City, a high municipal award,” according to the statement.
The Macau-Portugal Joint Commission was established by the Macao-Portugal Framework Cooperation Agreement, with the aim of strengthening cooperation between the two parties.
The fifth meeting was held in Macao on October 20, 2018, during the official visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Portugal.
The fourth meeting had been organized in 2016, on the occasion of the chief executive’s visit to Portugal.
After more than 400 years under Portuguese administration, Macau became a Special Administrative Region of China on December 20, 1999, with a high degree of autonomy agreed over a period of 50 years.