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Macao, Phuket ink MoU on trade, tourism cooperation

PHUKET: Phuket and China’s Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to boost trade and tourism cooperation.

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By The Phuket News

Thursday 10 May 2018, 09:39AM


Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong sings the MoU at the ceremony in Bangkok yesterday (May 9). Photo: PR Dept

Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong sings the MoU at the ceremony in Bangkok yesterday (May 9). Photo: PR Dept

The signing yesterday (May 9) was witnessed by Thai Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai and Chief Executive of the Macao SAR Chui Sai On.

Mr Chui, who is on a three-day visit to Thailand, said that Thailand is one of Macao’s key partners in Southeast Asia in the development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, reported Chinese state news agency Xinhua. (See story here.)

Mr Chui added that Macao aims to expand cooperation with Thailand in education, traditional Chinese medical science and markets of Portuguese-speaking countries under the Belt and Road Initiative.

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Thai Foreign Minister Don noted that the two sides have discussed exploring potential cooperation in areas of economy, tourism, medical science and innovative cultural industry, adding that Thailand hopes to drum up investments from Macao to its Eastern Economic Corridor.

Macao recorded 198,222 Thai visitor arrivals last year, a year-on-year decline of 16.1%, 54.2% of them same-day visitors, according to China’s Statistics and Census Bureau.

The Macao SAR government will host the 2018 Traditional Medicine International Development Forum and the Economic and Financial Promotion Forum in Bangkok today, noted the Xinhua report.

 

 

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