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March 31, 2017

2017MIECF grand opening
The 2017 Macao International Environmental Co-operation Forum and Exhibition (2017MIECF) opened yesterday on 30 March. The three-day event is being held at the Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel, taking as its theme “Innovative Green Development for a Sustainable Future”. People working in environmental protection enterprises and government representatives, as well as experts and scholars gathered in Macao to discuss the most pressing environmental issues, and to share the latest developments regarding information and technology concerning environmental protection. MIECF continues to play a role as an international “green platform”, providing various supporting services and facilitating co-operation between enterprises, in order to create fresh business opportunities.
     At the opening ceremony The Chief Executive of the Macao SAR, Dr Fernando Chui Sai On, said that MIECF has been working since the event’s first edition in 2008 – and in line with guidelines from the Central Government – on promoting exchanges and closer co-operation in the environmental protection sector between the Pan-Pearl River Delta (PPRD) Region, Macao and the international community. 
     In addition, MIECF has partly contributed to the signing of the “Cooperation Agreement on Working Together to Build a Green MICE Metropolis”. Macao has organised visits to Brazil and Portugal by representatives from the provincial and regional governments of the PPRD Region, in order to learn more about ecological conservation methods in those countries, and to strengthen environmental co-operation. Further aims of these visits included: helping member economies acquire further technologies from overseas that are related to advanced concepts of green stewardship; assisting Mainland China’s green industries in reaching out to the rest of the world; and to promote further exchanges between PPRD Region members, the European Union and Portuguese-speaking countries, jointly creating a green development community, said Dr Chui. Macao will additionally grasp the development opportunities of Mainland China’s "Belt and Road" initiative, accelerating the implementation of the "Centre and Platform" project, while promoting environmental co-operation and developing a green economy.

The officiating guests of the opening ceremony included: the Deputy Director
of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Macao SAR,
Mr Yao Jin; the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s
Republic of China in the Macao SAR, Mr Ye Dabo; the Vice Minister of Commerce
of the Kingdom of Cambodia, Mr Chhuon Dara; the Executive Vice-Governor
of the People's Government of Fujian Province, Mr Zhang Zhinan; the
Vice-Governor of the People's Government of Jiangxi Province;
Mr Zheng Wei Wen; the Vice-Governor of the People's Government of
Guangdong Province, Mr Xu Ruisheng; the Executive Vice-Governor of the
People's Government of Hainan Province, Mr Mao Chaofeng; the Vice-Governor
of the People's Government of Sichuan Province, Mr Yang Hongbo; the
Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of the Hunan Provincial People’s
Congress, Mr Wang Kemin; the Executive Vice Chairman of the Yunnan
Provincial Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference,
Mr Bai Chengliang; the Vice Chairman of the Guizhou Provincial Committee
of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, Mr Huang Jiapei;
the Secretary for the Environment of the Hong Kong SAR, Mr Wong Kam-sing;
the Secretary for Economy and Finance of the Macao SAR, Mr Leong Vai Tac;
the Secretary for Transport and Public Works of the Macao SAR, Mr Raimundo
Arrais do Rosário; the Director of the Oxford Martin School, International
Vice-Chair of the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment
and Development, and a former Executive Director of the United Nations
Environment Programme, Mr Achim Steiner; and the Deputy Director of
the Environmental Protection Department of the People’s Government of
Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Mr Ou Bo.

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