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WTCA 2005 SPRING MEETING IN MUMBAI ATTRACTS 150 DELEGATES FROM 25 COUNTRIES

   The World Trade Center Association (WTCA) 2005 Spring Meeting was hosted by the WTC Mumbai in India on April 3-6.

WTC Macau President Mr Alberto Marcal also participated in the prestigious conference, which was attended by a total of 150 delegates from about 25 countries, including 85 foreign delegates from WTCs and trade promotion organizations and 65 Indian delegates.

Under the theme of "Development Through Trade", the programme included a WTCA Board meeting, regional meetings and plenary sessions, as well as the highlights of the WTCA president's progress report presented to the delegates during the four-day meeting.

THE WORLD TRADE CENTERS IN PERAL RIVER DELTA REGION CELEBRATE WORLD TRADE CENTERS ASSOCIATION DAY

   In order to improve the visibility and understanding and to mark the unique contribution that World Trade Centers have made to their business communities all over the globe, the World Trade Center Macau celebrated the World Trade Centers Association (WTCA) Day in conjunction with other World Trade Centers in the Pearl River Delta Region, including the World trade Center Club Guangzhou, the World Trade Centre Club Hong Kong, the World Trade Centre Club Shenzhen, and the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade Zhuhai Sub-Council, to host the “Guangdong, Hong Kong, Macau WTCs 2005 1st Golf Tournament” at Zhuhai Golf Club, on June 15, 2005.

Mr. Guy F. Tozzoli, President of the World Trade Centers Association, sent a message to mark the event stating, “It is another useful way to inform your region about the purposes and programs of promoting peace and stability through trade. With every international business contact facilitated by one of our World Trade Centers, we are helping to move the world closer to constructive relations and away from tension and conflict.”

With regard to the event, Mr. Alberto Marcal, President of the WTC Macau, said during the prizes presentation, “As a dynamic and expanding , not-for-profit, non-political organization, it is in line with our mission to provide our members with a venue to meet and network for business opportunities. We will continue to bring members of regional World Trade Centers together and further enhance the business development in the Pearl River Delta Region.”

More than one hundred invited guests attended the tournament, including WTC members, senior government officials, businessmen and guests of the region.

WTC MACAU AND MAFFA CO-ORGANISE FACT-FINDING MISSION TO HONG KONG

  The World Trade Center Macau (WTCM) and the Macau Air Freight Forwarding Association (MAFFA) co-organised a study tour to Hong Kong on May 13, 2005. The delegation mainly visited two enterprises, the Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (HACTL) and Edward Keller Limited.

HACTL built up the world's largest air cargo terminal - SuperTerminal 1 in 1998 at Hong Kong International Airport, which handles 80% of air cargo through Hong Kong, and provides services to more than 60 international airlines and over 900 freight forwarders. With world-class facilities and highly automated cargo handling systems, it is designed to help speeding up business and to deal with the increase in air cargo movement between Hong Kong and the rest of the world.

The main objective of the study visit was to help its participants to gain a better understanding of advanced logistics technology and how a logistics support service provider can offer a complete service in handling cargoes, thereby streamlining daily operations and maximizing the operational efficiency.

A total of 26 participants took part in the delegation, which comprised WTC members and government officials, as well as representatives of a string of business associations and shipping companies.

MACAU WINS WORLD-HERITAGE BID

Macau’s historic centre won on 15 July 2005, its long-cherished bid for world-heritage recognition by the UNESCO.

Macau’s historic centre has become China’s 31st world heritage site. The UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee(WHC) approved China’s bide on behalf of Macau during a meeting in the South African port city of Durban where it was holding its 29th annual session.

China submitted the bid for Macau’s historic centre, which comprises two dozen buildings and eight public squares, including China’s oldest Christian church, Christian cemetery, lighthouse and western-style theatre. Macau’s landmark, the façade of the Ruins of St. Paul’s church, is one of the world-heritage buildings.

Macau, which measures just 27.5 square kilometers and has only about 469,000 residents, has been a European entrepot in china since the mid-16th century when Portuguese seafarers settled at the southern tip of the peninsula. Macau’s history as a Chinese fishing village spans over 4,000 years.

Since around 1557, when the Portuguese settlement came into existence, Macau has been a meeting place for Occidental and Oriental exchanges. One of Macau's greatest assets continues to be its uniquely structured civil society, which is firmly based on Chinese culture but also includes strong Western, namely Portuguese and Eurasian (Macanese) cultural influences.


     

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