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Pop-Up Canada in Macao Opening Reception -- February 22, 2016

Speech by the Consul General of Canada, J. Ian Burchett

Ms. Chan Hoi Fan, Secretary for Administration and Justice of the Macao Special Administrative Region;

Chers Canadians; Dear friends from Macao:  

Bonsoir. Good evening.

It is a distinct honour to have the Secretary for Administration and Justice of the Macao Special Administrative Region, Ms. Chan join us this evening.

C’est un grand plaisir pour moi d’être ici ce soir pour célébrer avec vous – nos partenaires, amis, anciens étudiants au Canada – les relations dynamiques qui unissent le Canada et Macao.

Although the Consulate General of Canada in Hong Kong has been officially accredited to Macao since 1980; Canada and Macao have been interacting for more than 200 years, mainly through close people to people ties, trade and immigration.

As Canadian Consul General, I have the great privilege to witness, every day, the strong connections between Canada and the Macao Special Administrative Region.

This year, the Consulate General of Canada in Hong Kong and Macao is organising our first Pop-Up Canada in Macao event – emulating the popular “pop up store” concept, this gives the Canada a stronger presence in Macao to offer our Macanese friends and partners an opportunity to take part in several events and seminars about Canada.

The strong relationship between Canada and Macao is vibrant in no small part because of the more than 4,000 Canadians living here and contributing to this vibrant city.

And we all know that this is more than just a number.

Canadians are increasingly visible and play an active role in Macanese society, and our relationships here are also strongly advanced by those of you who continue to support and to build this prosperous partnership.

Notably, through the establishment of the first Canadian international school in Macao in 2002, which follows the Alberta curriculum; and the establishment of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Macao in 2004, which plays an active role in promoting the interests of Macao’s Canadian business community. Thank you Howard and Dennis!

Canada and Macao relations are special for many reasons, but one of the key reasons is that we have strong and growing bilateral trade and investment ties.

This is well-reflected by the fact that Macao is Canada’s third largest export market for Amusement Park Equipment with total exports of over 24 million Macanese Pataca in 2014 alone.

Some of you may know that Macao’s traffic control and surveillance systems were designed and implemented by a Canadian firm.

A Montreal firm is partnering with the Macao International Airport to provide ongoing strategic development services.

Furthermore, Macao represents an important market for Canadian companies in the clean technology industry, as well as being a vital platform for Canadian companies to expand into Mainland China as they look to develop their business in this region.

As you will have heard, Canada’s green agenda is a foreign policy priority of our new Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau.

Canada-Macao relations are also branching out in other areas.

Our important people-to-people’s ties, mainly through education and tourism, have reinforced the bond between the two economies.

Several dozen Canadian university graduates are faculty members at tertiary institutions in Macao, fostering even stronger alumni relations.

Canadian visitor arrivals in Macao have also registered year-on-year increases.

Interestingly, in the year of 2014-15, more than 70 thousand Canadians visited Macao, ranking Canada as the third among Macao’s long-haul visitor arrivals.

In sports diplomacy, the Macao China Dragon Boat team took part in the International Dragon Boat Federation’s 12th World Dragon Boat Racing Championships in Ontario in August 2015. The team won the Championship in the 2000 metre competition.

Bravo!

Macao is also a promising market for Canadian arts and cultural companies, as an ongoing destination for in shows and performances.

From tomorrow to February 24, the Consulate General of Canada in Hong Kong and Macao will be running more than 10 special events and seminars, including talks on studying in Canada, immigration to Canada, Canadian tourism, trade, and investment, to showcase the strengths and new opportunities of the Canada-Macao partnership, and ultimately strengthen our bilateral ties.

And if you have enjoyed the food and drinks this evening, they are Canadian!

We are pleased to announce that from now until March 6th, Café Bela Vista here in the Grand Lapa Macao will feature a variety of outstanding Canadian ingredients in its menus.

In closing, I wish you a very pleasant evening and please allow me to propose a toast:

To people of Macao and Canada

Santé. Cheers!

I am now honoured to invite Secretary Chan to say a few words.

 

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2016-03-01