Ho visits Jiangxi, vowing to boost ties

2023-03-20 03:07     BY Tony Wong    Comment:0

Chief Executive Ho Iat Seng visited Jiangxi on Saturday and yesterday, and during his meeting with top officials of the south-eastern province he suggested that both sides strengthen cooperation in various spheres such as tourism, high-tech, and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), the Macau Government Information Bureau (GCS) said in a statement last night.

Yesterday’s statement did not mention on which day Ho’s meeting with the province’s top officials were held during the two-day working visit.

Members of Ho’s delegation who attended the meeting included senior officials of the Macau Special Administrative Region (MSAR) government such as Secretary for Economy and Finance Lei Wai Nong, as well as Zheng Xincong, the director of the Central People’s Government Liaison Office in the MSAR. Zheng is the central government’s top official posted to Macau.

In the meeting, according to the statement, Ho exchanged views with Communist Party of China (CPC) Jiangxi Provincial Committee Secretary Yin Hong and Jiangxi Governor Ye Jianchun, on topics such as promoting mutual cooperation on trade, TCM, technological innovation, and tourism.

In his meeting with Yin and Ye, according to the GCS statement, Ho pointed out that the MSAR government is pushing ahead with its “1+4” model to appropriately diversify Macau’s economy, according to which, Ho noted, the Macau government will place special emphasis on promoting the development of four key new industries, namely 1) big health, 2) modern finance, 3) high-tech, and 4) conventions and exhibitions as well as culture and sports, while consolidating the development of the city’s tourism and leisure industry.

In the meeting, Ho also expressed his gratitude to Jiangxi province for continuously supplying good-quality farm produce to Macau, the statement said.

In his meeting with Ho, according to the statement, Yin said that he “sincerely” wants the MSAR government and the Liaison Office to jointly continue to support Jiangxi’s development. Jiangxi expects Macau to make full use of its advantages in sectors such as modern finance, trade and logistics, and high-end services, as well as to promote successful Macau enterprises to participate in the province’s development, Yin said during the meeting.

According to the statement, Yin said that Jiangxi was eager to make good use of Macau’s role as a service platform between the mainland and Portuguese-speaking countries (PSCs), with the aim of enabling more enterprises from the province to “go global”.

In the meeting, according to the GCS statement, Zheng said that Jiangxi has achieved “leapfrog” socioeconomic development, and now ranks among the top performers in the nation in promoting ecological civilisation. The liaison chief also underlined the province’s development prospects for high-tech.

VR, organic base, rural revitalisation

During their working visit, the GCS statement said, Ho’s delegation visited the VR (virtual reality) industrial base in Nanchang, the province’s capital, as well as an organic green vegetable base in Heshi town of Jiujiang city. In addition, the delegation also visited Shuangjing village, a demonstration site for the nation’s rural revitalisation campaign, also in Jiujiang, according to the statement.

Jiangxi province has a population of around 45 million. 

Macau Special Administrative Region (MSAR) Chief Executive Ho Iat Seng (second from left) and Central People’s Government Liaison Office in the MSAR Director Zheng Xincong (first from left) meet with Communist Party of China (CPC) Jiangxi Provincial Committee Secretary Yin Hong (second from right) and Jiangxi Governor Ye Jianchun during their two-day working visit which ended yesterday.

Macau Chief Executive Ho Iat Seng is about to put on a virtual reality (VR) headset at the VR industrial base in Jiangxi’s provincial capital of Nanchang during his working visit to the province.
– Photos: GCS

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