[Week 2, 2013] SZ, Macao Eye Deeper Cultural, Creative Ties
2013-January-21 Source: Newsgd.com
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Shenzhen and Macao officials are planning to deepen cultural and creative ties according to statements released on January 9.

"The two cities will push forward cooperation in the animation field, where there is a huge potential for cooperation," said Francis Tam Pak Yuen, Macao's Secretary for Economy and Finance, at a January 9 press conference. Tam was on the Macao delegation that visited Shenzhen last week.

"Cultural and creative industries in the two cities actively took part in each other's forums and exhibitions in the past year and more exchanges will be expected," said Tam.

"The added value of Shenzhen's cultural and creative industries reached about 110 billion yuan (US$18 billion) last year, contributing to 9 percent of the city's GDP. The added value represents an average growth rate of 25 percent," said Shenzhen Mayor Xu Qin. Macao officials plan to participate in the upcoming Urbanism\Architecture Bi-City Biennale, according to Xu.

Officials from both cities have also pledged to further cooperation in education, traditional Chinese medicine, exit-entry inspection and quarantine, tourism and medicine supervision and management, according to agreements signed last week.

"We will also strive to deepen cooperation with Macao in economy, trade, exhibitions and conventions, and will join hands to seek exchanges with Portuguese-speaking countries," said Xu.

Tam also pledged to help Shenzhen enterprises explore markets in Portuguese-speaking countries with the help of Macao's role as a commercial and trade platform.

Last week, a Macao delegation visited Qianhai, a 15-square-kilometer coastal strip in Shenzhen's Nanshan District that will be developed into a hub for the modern service industries of Shenzhen and Hong Kong. "We will actively promote Qianhai back in Macao and encourage our enterprises to visit it," Tam said.

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