Executive Training offered MOFCOM, USJ and UCP
The Forum for Economic and Trade Co-operation between China and Portuguese-Speaking Countries (Forum Macau), the University of Saint Joseph and the Catholic University of Portugal offered an executive development course on the “Management and Conceptualization of Community Initiatives and Cooperatives for Portuguese Speaking Countries” from the 6th of July to the 20th of July 2014, in Portugal.
This initiative was hosted for the first time in a member country of the Forum outside of Macau SAR and Mainland China and attended by 25 participants from Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, East Timor, Guine-Bissau, Mozambique and Portugal serving in relevant government departments or developmental agencies related to rural development in their respective countries.
The opening ceremony took place at the Catholic University of Portugal Campus in Lisbon, with the presence of representatives of the organizing entities and other dignitaries, including the Deputy Secretary General of the Permanent Secretariat representing Macao Special Administrative Region, from the Forum for Economic and Trade Co-operation between China and Portuguese-Speaking Countries in Macao, Dra. Rita Santos; Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Portugal, Dr. Luís Campos Ferreira; Representative of the Ambassador of China to Portugal, Consul for Economic and Commerce, Dra. He Ding; Ambassador of East Timor, Dra. Maria da Costa; Representative of the Ambassador of Angola, Dra. Maria Perez; Representative of the Ambassador of Cabo Verde, Dra. Serafina Lima; Vice –Rector of Catholic University of Portugal, Professor Isabel Gil; Registrar of University of Saint Joseph, Dr. Ricardo Rato; Head of the Economic and Commercial Delegation of Macao stationed in Lisbon, Eng. Raimundo Rosario; Representative of the Brazilian Mission to the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries, Dr. Durval Luís Pereira; Coordinator of the Office of the Angolan delegation at the Forum for Economic and Trade Co-operation between China and Portuguese-Speaking Countries in Macao, Dr. Joaquim Gama.
Besides classroom activities led by Professors and experts in the topics, the course included a range of visits to relevant organizations, including the Lezirias Company which is one of the major agricultural – fauna company of Portugal with 177 years of history; Adega Mayor, a tourist destination for wine tasting and olive oil production and storage; the Alqueva Dam, comprising the biggest potential zone for agriculture in Portugal; the Coordination and Development Commission in the Region of Alentejo; AICEP – Agency for Investment and Foreign Trade of Portugal and IAPMEI – Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation.
The participants in the course expressed their positive feedback about the course content and organization. The University of Saint Joseph thanks the Forum Macau, the Catholic University of Portugal, the participants and all the other collaborative partners in making this first international collaborative training initiative a success.
Dra. Rita Santos, Deputy Secretary General of the Permanent Secretariat representing Macao Special Administrative Region, of the Forum Macao presents a gift to Prof. Isabel Gil, Vice-Rector of the Catholic University of Portugal
Prof. Peter Stilwell, Rector of the University of Saint Joseph addresses the participants
Dr. Luís Campos Ferreira, Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Portugal addresses the participants