Trials in Brazil indicate Chinese Covid-19 vaccine is safe
Preliminary results of late-stage trials in Brazil of CoronaVac, a potential vaccine against the Covid-19 virus developed by Sinovac Biotech Ltd of China, indicate that the vaccine is safe, Reuters reports, citing the Instituto Butantan, a Brazilian biomedical research centre. The news agency quotes Butantan Institute Director Dimas Covas as saying that among the 9,000 Brazilians that CoronaVac has been tested on so far, none has shown any severe adverse reaction. The director said 20 percent had felt mild pain from the injection. The report quotes Governor Joo Doria of the state of So Paulo as saying the results prove that CoronaVac is the safest vaccine against Covid-19 being tested in Brazil, and the most promising. The authorities in So Paulo hope the regulator will give permission this year for CoronaVac inoculations to begin there early next year, Reuters says. （Pic Via:Pixabay）
Board gives CCCC nod to help build Brazilian road bridge
China Communications Construction Co. Ltd (CCCC) has announced that its directors have approved its investment in the consortium that has the contract to build and operate a bridge in northeastern Brazil. The Chinese state-owned enterprise told the Hong Kong Stock Exchange that its partner in the consortium was another Chinese state-owned enterprise, China Railway 20 Bureau Group Corp. CCCC said the consortium, Salvador Itaparica Bridge Roadwork Franchise Ltd, had 355 million yuan (US$53.1 million) in share capital. CCCC said the bridge would carry a road between the city of Salvador and the island of Itaparica, and would be the second-longest in South America. The project would help cement the Sino-Brazilian strategic partnership, CCCC told the stock market. （Pic Via：Macauhub）
Expanded Angolan power station due to reopen in 2021H1
The Chinese-funded expansion of the Luachimo hydroelectric power station in the northeastern Angolan province of Lunda Norte should be finished in time to re-start the facility in the first half of next year, Angop reports. The Angolan state-run news agency quotes the project manager, Joaquim Garcia da Costa, as saying about 90 percent of the work is done, leaving only the foundations for the turbines, the gate assembly and the mechanical work. Mr Garcia da Costa said the increase in capacity of the power station to 34 MW from 8 MW would reduce the dependence of Lunda Norte on power generated thermally. The power station will supply over 186,000 people round about, Angop says. (Pic Via：Pixabay)
Combination of online and offline elements: 25th MIF, 2020MFE and 2020PLPEX take place concurrently at the same venue in October
The 25thMacao International Trade and Investment Fair (25thMIF), the Macao Franchise Expo 2020 (2020MFE) and the 2020 Portuguese Speaking Countries Products and Services Exhibition (Macao) (2020PLPEX) will be held concurrently at The Venetian Macao from 22 to 24 October. Based on the past experience, the three exhibitions will combine inheritance and innovation, giving full play to their respective advantages. Being held both online and offline, the exhibitions will leverage the synergistic effect that arises to help exhibitors and traders negotiate future co-operation and seek common development through the Macao platform. The press conference of the 25th Macao International Trade and Investment Fair (25th MIF), the Macao Franchise Expo 2020 (2020MFE) and the 2020 Portuguese Speaking Countries Products and Services Exhibition (Macao) (2020PLPEX) is held today (20 October). Strengthened online exhibition platform to enhance cross-regional participation MIF, MFE and PLPEX are exhibitions accredited by the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry (UFI). In addition to physical exhibitions, forums, meetings, business matching sessions and special sessions, the three exhibitions have strengthened the online exhibition platform and enriched the online presentation of products and services in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, cloud matching for the online expo, live-streaming of the exhibitions, online contract signing, and online promotion seminars will also be available. As of 19 October, the number of online expo exhibitors has exceeded 1,100, with a total over 3,700 online exhibits. The exhibitors are from Mainland China, Portugal, Brazil, Canada, Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong, and Macao. An online business matching zone and a live-streaming room will be set up, offering online-offline and online-online business matching sessions during the exhibitions. There are already more than 450 matching session registrations. The participating enterprises are from the fields of food and catering services, hotel supplies, technological products, Portuguese-speaking countries products, etc. Exhibitors may approach suitable exhibitors, suppliers or buyers for co-operation, by using their accounts on the online business matching service platform (https://bm.ipim.gov.mo/). In order to facilitate business matching, the Macao Trade and Investment Promotion Institute (IPIM) has developed a mobile applicationScan2Match, which allows traders to inquire about the matching schedule at any time. To enable a smoother and digitalised use, users only need to scan a designated QR code before business matching session, and relevant records will then be stored in the app. Moreover, an online matching session for Portuguese-speaking countries will be held, utilising Macaos influence as a trade and economic co-operation service platform between China and Portuguese-speaking countries. Three exhibitionsjoin forcestoproduceasynergisticeffect This year the three exhibitions cover an area of 25,000 square metres and offer over 1,200 booths, covering project investment, modern financial services, science and technology innovation projects, food and catering services, cultural and creative industries, Portuguese-speaking countries specialty products, professional consulting services and franchise industries. The three exhibitions join hands with Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan, and other cities in the Greater Bay Area to further deepen the ties with twelve regions of Beijing, Tianjin, Jiangsu, Jilin, Fujian, Guangdong, Guizhou, Hubei, Hainan, Zhejiang, Liaoning and Tibet to expand markets through the exhibition platform. The three exhibitions pay equal attention to exhibitions and forums. During the three-day exhibitions, over 50 forums, meetings, exchanges, and promotion sessions will take place, including the 2020 International Trade and Investment Forum and Forum on Chain and Franchise Business Opportunities of International Brands, the 17thWorld Summit of Chinese Entrepreneurs, and the Portuguese-speaking Countries Wine and Food Business Matching Seminar, so as to enhance the interaction among participants and help them seize developmental opportunities. Standard control measures to ensure the safety of participants The three exhibitions will be open to trade visitors on 22 October and to the public on 23 and 24 October. To ensure the safety of participants, disinfectant coating, disinfecting measures and on-site hygiene guidelines will be applied at the exhibition venue. All people entering and leaving the venue are required to undergo temperature checks, show health codes and wear face masks. Participants may register for a Macao MICE Pass on the website (https://mice.ipim.gov.mo) beforehand. To encourage green transport, free shuttle buses travelling between the exhibition venue, the North District, the Central District, Taipa and other areas in the city will be available.
Number of local SME exhibitors at 25th MIF multiply despite COVID-19 PLPEX online elements go beyond the boundaries
The 25thMacao International Trade and Investment Fair (25thMIF) and the 2020 Portuguese Speaking Countries Products and Services Exhibition (Macao) (2020PLPEX) will be held at The Venetian Macao from 22 to 24 October. This years events will introduce more online exhibition elements, including online expo, online matching sessions, online promotion seminars, and live streaming, to improve effectiveness through online and offline synergies. In addition, the number of exhibitors at the Macao SME Pavilion of the 25thMIF has multiplied, with 40% of them being first-time exhibitors. Integratingonline andofflineservicestomakeperfectmatch Due to COVID-19, this years events will break through geographical restrictions by offering an optmised online expo, which function as a communication platform for exhibitors all over the world, especially for those who cannot physically join the events. The organiser will also arrange online business presentations for SMEs and assist them in digitalising their products and business. Meanwhile, an online business matching area equipped with online video conference rooms will be set up in the Macao Pavilion, in an effort to provide one-on-one online-offline and online-online business matching services for traders. Furthermore, in order to facilitate business matching, the Macao Trade and Investment Promotion Institute (IPIM) has developed a mobile applicationScan2Match, which allows users to browse the matching schedule anytime. Before every business matching session, users simply need to scan a designated QR code, and relevant records will then be stored in the app. The exhibitor list is also available onScan2Match, in a bid to enable quick matching for participants. In the meantime, with real-time data and questionnaire, it also allows the organiser to keep track of matching progress, obtain users feedback, and enhance quality and user experience. There will also be live streaming interactions at the venue to offer even more channels for exhibitors promotion. This years three concurrent exhibitions break through geographical restrictions and offer an online expo, functioning as a communication platform for exhibitors all over the world, especially those who cannot physically join the events. Creatingbusinessopportunities with SMEs The 25thMIF brings together SMEs to create business opportunities against the backdrop of the coronavirus epidemic. The number of exhibitors at the Macao SME Pavilion has increased from double-digits last year to over 100 this year, with 40% of them being first-time exhibitors. The 2020PLPEX will set up the Portuguese-Speaking Countries Products Exhibition Zone for exhibitors from Portuguese-speaking countries, who are not able to physically join the exhibition, to showcase their products at the venue. The MIF, as a local branded exhibition for investment and trade promotion, has been endeavouring to facilitate multilateral trade. The PLPEX, as an exhibition to showcase and promote products and services of Portuguese-speaking countries, has been advancing Macaos development of platform between China and Portuguese-speaking countries and the Three Centres. For enquiries, please contact the MIF and PLPEX Administrative and Service Centre at (853) 2882 8711 firstname.lastname@example.orgemail@example.com. For event updates, please subscribe MICE_IPIM on WeChat or visit the official websites:www.mif.com.mo/www.plpex.mo.
Mozambique asking China to ease US$1.3 bln debt burden
Mozambican Economy and Finance Minister Adriano Maleiane has told a World Bank meeting that he is awaiting an answer from Beijing to a request for a moratorium on repayments of Mozambican debt to China, Lusa reports. Mozambique owes China and Chinese banks about US$1.3 billion, the Portuguese news agency quotes Mr Maleiane as telling the meeting. Last month a spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry said representatives of Chinese financial institutions and the Angolan authorities had reached basic accord on easing the onus on Angola of its debt to China. The state-owned Export-Import Bank of China had helped Angola ask the International Monetary Fund for emergency assistance, and was ready to help Angola avail of a scheme by the G-20 group of countries for lightening the burden of debt borne by African countries, the spokesman said. （Pic Via：Pixabay）
Huawei training programme draws more Portuguese than ever
Fifteen Portuguese are taking this week a training programme arranged by Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd of China, the ComputerWorld website reports. The website says the Huawei Seeds for the Future programme has attracted more trainees this year than in any year before. The report says the Covid-19 pandemic means the training is given online. The trainees are students of electronic, communications or computer engineering at the University of Aveiro, the Instituto Superior Tcnico, Leiria Polytechnic Institute, University of Oporto or Bragana Polytechnic Institute, the report says. The trainees will take virtual tours of the Huawei campus in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen and receive training by leading engineers there in the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence, the website says. The programme trains future leaders in information and communications technology, the ComputerWorld website quotes Huawei Portugal Chief Executive Tony Li as saying. （Pic Via：engadget）
Businesses expect greater synergistic effect of concurrent MICE events to revive economy
The 25thMacao International Trade and Investment Fair (25thMIF) and the Macao Franchising Expo 2020 (2020MFE) will be held concurrently for the first time from 22 to 24 October at the Venetian Macao. Some exhibitors that participated in the two events last year have made use of the platforms to raise their profile and expand online market, and they believe that holding the MIF and MFE concurrentlythis year will magnify the synergistic effect and help enterprises revive the business environment amid the epidemic. MFE builds business matching platform to help enterprises expand their business Ms Ho, the person in charge of Kam In Portuguese Food Company, which has participated in MIF and MFE for many times, says that participating in the two events over the years has given exposure to her companys Portuguese food products such as Alua, Bolo Robalo and Bicho Bicho. Coupled with the online and offline promotions arranged by the events, the companys visibility has been enhanced and it has subsequently opened up online marketing channel, which becomes the key for the company to continue its operation despite the pandemic. The company is well prepared for this years exhibition, in the hope of finding new buyers from abroad at the MIF and expanding local customer base through the MFE Gourmet Avenue. Long Prosperity Company Limited was founded in 2007 and now owns five restaurant brands. Mr Tse, person in-charge of the company, says that the MFE is a stage for business expansion, and the companys business has grown by approximately 5% since its participation in last years event. He also describes MFE as an assistant for brand expansion, through which most of their brands are going global.Last year, the company successfully opened a branch store in Nanshan District, Shenzhen. The daily business turnover of thatbranch alone equals that of more than 10 stores in Macao combined, which marks the companys remarkable achievement in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. This years event will be organised in an online-offline integration mode, which Mr Tse believes is in line with the trend, as companies can quickly get information of each other and discuss co-operation more conveniently and efficiently. Many exhibitors have successfully graspedbusiness opportunities during the MIF Tai Heng Foods Company Limited is a long-established local trading company in Macao, specialising in import/export trade, local logistics services and wholesale of food and oil supplies. Mr Fan, the person in charge of Tai Heng, remembers the experience of participating in the MFE Gourmet Avenue very vividly. He says that after the Gourmet Avenue opened to the general public last year, the companys turnover has increased by around 20% compared to 2018, and the revenue boost was mainly contributed by local customers. This year, MIF and MFE will be held at the same venue. Mr Fan is believes that such arrangement will increase foot traffic and further boost exhibitors sales. In addition to the 25thMIF and the 2020MFE, the 2020 Portuguese-speaking Countries Products and Services Exhibition (Macao) (2020PLPEX) will also be held concurrently at the same venue. For enquiries, please contact the MIF and PLPEX Administrative and Service Centre at (853) 2882 8711 and the MFE Secretariat at (853) 8798 9654; or email to firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org. For the latest information, please subscribe MICE_IPIM on WeChat or visit the official websites: www.mif.com.mo, www.plpex.mo, or www.mfe.mo.
CRCC completes main part of Angolan waterworks project
China Railway Construction Corp. Ltd (CRCC) has finished the principal portion of a water supply system for the northern Angolan city of Cabinda, O Pas reports. The Angolan newspaper says Chinese state-owned CRCC recently laid a cast-iron pipe six metres deep in Cabinda city centre, putting the finishing touch to a system of 88 km of pipes. The report says the system will supply potable water to about 30,000 people in the city and the nearby town of Lndana. The next task for the contractor is to lay 200 km of pipes and install connections to dwellings, complete with water meters, throughout the surrounding province, also called Cabinda, O Pas says. （Pic Via：Pixabay）
More Chinese support for Guinéan infrastructure promised
Newly accredited Chinese Ambassador to Guin-Bissau Guo Ce has promised to solicit more Chinese support for important Guinan infrastructure projects, Agncia de Notcias da Guin (ANG) reports. I have already seen many buildings financed by the Chinese government, and I believe I will attract even more support for Guin-Bissau, the Guinan state-run news agency quotes Mr Guo telling reporters after presenting his credentials to Guinan President maro Sissoco Embal. Separately, Mr Guos embassy issued a written statement saying Mr Sissoco Embal expressed eagerness for more Sino-Guinan cooperation in more fields, and thanked China for the help in developing his country that it has already given. (Pic Via：www.cnafrica.org)
PLPEX promotes bilateral co-operation between exhibitors from China and Portuguese-speaking countries
From 22 to 24 October, the 25thMacao International Trade and Investment Fair (25thMIF), the Macao Franchise Expo 2020 (2020MFE) and the 2020 Portuguese Speaking Countries Products and Services Exhibition (Macao) (2020PLPEX) will be concurrently held at The Venetian Macao. Due to COVID-19 this year, many overseas companies fail to be present at the exhibitions and some from Portuguese-speaking countries will attend online matching sessions of the three synergetic exhibitions to find more partners for business co-operation. The PLPEX has been held for three consecutive years. Local companies believe that the PLPEX can help them broaden sales channels and increase brand coverage. 2019PLPEXassistedPSC companiesinexploringbusinessopportunitiesin Mainland China Alves Monteiro, Representative of Shanna, a Cape Verdean clothing brand, mentioned that last year a number of suppliers from Mainland China brought their own fabrics and brochures to her companys booth for business pairing. After joining PLPEX, products using high-quality textile and materials imported from contributed 50% of the companys business volume. According to Alves, PLPEX provided a platform to reach suppliers of low-cost and high-quality products. Although she hoped to come to China and communicate with suppliers in person to conduct business, she could only stay up-to-date with PLPEX online this year due to the epidemic, and she hoped to keep in touch with textile suppliers of bath towels, bed linen fabrics and other materials. According to her, the company would increase production lines to manufacture medical uniforms, masks and disposable medical gowns, and start production this year. She looked forward to finding more partners and suppliers through the PLPEX platform. Enterprises from Portuguese-speaking countries that are unable to be present at the event because of COVID-19 hope to find more partners through online matching and networking sessions arranged by the three synergetic exhibitions. Localenterprisesleveragedthe PLPEXplatform tofind good markets Ms Ng, Assistant to the CEO of Quinta da Marmeleira, a newly founded wine producer, said that her company started red wine production last year, and its first participation in the PLPEX last year yielded satisfying results. At the 2019PLPEX, the company received a large number of orders from Mainland China, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Southeast Asia and Macao, further enriching the companys sales channels and increasing brand coverage. This year, the company will continue to attend the exhibition and leverage the platform to explore business opportunities. Mr Lei, Director of Dah Chong Hong Food Supermarket, has attended the PLPEX many times. Since its first participation in the exhibition, the company has continuously expanded business scope to provide Portuguese jerky, dried foods, ceramics, and Brazilian cinnamon in addition to premium branded Portuguese food and specialty products, which has diversified the local food market. Last year, the company meticulously prepared representative Portuguese red clay ceramics, traditional Portuguese handicrafts and refreshments for the exhibition. Mr Lei said that the atmosphere of on-site business negotiations was lively, and the he was surprised by the number of visitors and potential opportunities. The company signed an agreement with Casa Angola International, a Portuguese partner company, on the export of Portuguese red wine to Mainland China, which helped red wine brands open the mainland market for promotion and sales. This year, he looked forward to co-operate with more mainland enterprises. For enquiries, please call the PLPEX Administrative and Service Centre on (853) 2882 8711 or email email@example.com. For the latest information, please subscribe MICE_IPIM on WeChat or visit the official website:www.plpex.mo.