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FUTURE WILL BE GLOBAL, DIGITAL AND
WITHOUT SMALL COUNTRIES, SAYS PRESIDENT OF PORTUGAL TELECOM, MURTEIRA NABO

pa1gr1.jpg (40102 bytes)      Future societies will be "global and digital"and be based on "a great mobility of people, services and goods," Murteira Nabo, President of Portugal Telecom (PT), said in a dinner speech at the World Trade Center Macau on December 3, 1998.

     Mr Nabo revealed his vision of the future in a speech on the globalisation of markets and
telecommunications at the invitation of the World Trade Center Macau.

     Mr Nabo, a former acting governor of the Macau government and former cabinet minister of the Portuguese government, stressed that "small countries" would cease to exist because the factors of periphery and geography would be replaced with "information literacy"and the knowledge of networks.

    Mr Nabo emphasised that small countries such as Portugal without major geostrategic advantages and natural resources would play increasingly relevant roles in the future as long as they succeeded in developing their "digital abilities".

pa1gr2.jpg (40032 bytes)     Mr Nabo also said that future societies would be based on the values of information and knowledge, adding that knowledge and innovation would become the main driving forces of new development models.

     He stressed that the close relationship between the phenomena of globalisation, telecommunications and information had become a genuine "virtuous circle".

     Mr Nabo also expressed great confidence in the future of Macau as a Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, saying he expected the Territory to strengthen its "active role"as an international services centre in the coming years.

     Mr Nabo said he was confident that Macau would further reinforce its role as a bridge between Asia and Europe and an international entrepot of commerce after its reversion to Chinese rule in December 1999.  

     Mr Nabo also recommended a "phased liberalisation"of Macau's telecommunications sector in the next few years.

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WORLD TRADE CENTER MACAU AND PORTUGUESE-CHINESE
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY SIGN
CO-OPERATION AGREEMENT

   
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     The World Trade Center Macau and the Portuguese-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry signed a co-operation agreement in Macau on December 3, 1998.

     The agreement was signed by António Leça, President of the World Trade Center Macau (WTCM), and Murteira Nabo, President of  the Portuguese-Chinese Chamber of  Commerce and Industry (PCCCI-Portugal).

     The agreement is meant to strengthen co-operation between the WTCM and the PCCCI-Portugal, such as the joint promotion of business projects and the furtherance of economic and commercial ties between Portugal and China through private business interests and official entities.

     The agreement refers to Macau's present and future role as an "intermediary services centre".

     The WTCM's newly created "China Desk" will play a prominent role in promoting growing business relations between China and Portugal.

     The agreement also covers increased contacts between companies and other entities belonging to the WTCM and PCCCI- Portugal, namely in the fields of exchange of information on business
opportunities, market research and feasibility studies.

     The agreement has an initial validity of two years. Both sides said they would hold a number of joint initiatives in the near future, such as business seminars, colloquia, symposia and business training courses.  seta.gif (127 bytes)


     

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