This Issue’s Topical Story
2019 Macao International Environmental Co-operation Forum & Exhibition” Concludes Successfully
Hosted by the Government of the Macao Special Administrative Region, the “2019 Macao International Environmental Co-operation Forum & Exhibition” (2019MIECF) was held at the Venetian Macao from 28 to 30 March. During the three-day event, a total of 44 agreements were signed and a total of 350 business matching sessions were held at the Green Matching Area. The Opening Ceremony and a series of forums held during the three-day event attracted more than 4,700 participants.
The 2019MIECF was supported by the National Development and Reform Commission, the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, and the Ministry of Ecology and Environment of the People’s Republic of China, co-organised by the governments in the Pan-Pearl River Delta Region, and co-ordinated by the Macao Trade and Investment Promotion Institute (IPIM) and the Environmental Protection Bureau (DSPA). This year’s event was themed “Promoting Ecological Civilization and Green Development”.
The officiating guests of the Opening Ceremony were: Acting Chief Executive of the Macao Special Administrative Region Chan Hoi Fan; Minister of Science and Technology Wang Zhigang; Deputy Director of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Macao SAR Yao Jian; Deputy Minister of Environment of Maldives Ahmed Ziyaan Abdul Rahman; Vice-Governor of the People’s Government of Guangdong Province Zhang Guangjun; Member of the Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China Guangxi Committee and Vice Governor of Guangxi Yan Zhichan; Vice Chairman of the Fujian CPC Provincial Committee Zhang Zhaomin; Secretary for Economy and Finance of Macao SAR Government Leong Vai Tac; Secretary for Transport and Public Works of Macao SAR Government Raimundo Arrais do Rosário; Secretary for the Environment of Hong Kong SAR Government Wong Kam-Sing; Representative and the Head of International Organizations and Legal Affairs of the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China in the Macao SAR, Counsellor Zhang Jian; Director General of the Department of Water Ecology and Environment, Ministry of Ecology and Environment of the People’s Republic of China Zhang Bo, representing Minister of Ecology and Environment of the People’s Republic of China Li Ganjie; Director-General of Department of Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao Affairs of the Ministry Office of Commerce Sun Tong; Inspector of the Energy Conservation and Application Department of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology Li Li; Deputy Inspector of the Department of Resources Conservation and Environmental Protection under the National Development and Reform Commission of the People’s Republic of China Wen Hua, representing Chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission He Lifeng; Founder of New Energy Finance, Former Chairman of the Advisory Board at Bloomberg New Energy Finance and Senior Contributor, and Chairman and CEO of Liebreich Associates Michael Liebreich; Director General of Environment at Secretary of State for the Environment and Ministry of Coordinating for Economic Affairs of Timor-Leste João Carlos Soares; Deputy Secretary-General of the People’s Government of Beijing Municipality Zeng Jing; Director-General of the Ecological Environment Department of Hainan Province Deng Xiaogang; Deputy Secretary-General of the People’s Government of Hunan Province Li Xianxin; Deputy Secretary-General of the People’s Government of Sichuan Province Dai Yongbo; Deputy Director-General of the Department of Ecology and Environment of Jiangxi Province Cao Yonglin; Deputy Director-General of the Department of Ecology and Environment of Guizhou Province Meng Yuguang; and Deputy Director-General of the Department of Ecology and Environment of Yunnan Province Yang Chunming.
The 2019MIECF offered the Green Forum and the Green Showcase. A total of eight green forums were held, together with one keynote speaker special session. This year’s MIECF had the honour to invite Mr Michael Liebreich as the keynote speaker. In addition, a fantastic array of forums were joined by about 70 guests from Mainland China, the Netherlands, Portugal, Timor-Leste, and Britain, as well as the Hong Kong and Macao, including pioneers of environmental protection, senior leaders of multinational corporations, and policy makers.
Debut of Greenovation Zone at the Green Showcase
Covering a total area of about 16,900 square metres, the 2019MIECF was joined by over 500 exhibitors from Mainland China, “Belt and Road” countries, European countries, and Portuguese-speaking Countries. This year’s MIECF offered the “Greenovation Zone” for the first time, expanded the area of the “Greater Bay Area Eco-Products and Solutions Pavilions”, and continued to offer the “Green Building Area” for participants to adapt better to national policies and seize opportunities of green development worldwide. Additionally, a guided tour was organised for delegates from over 30 government departments. A special government procurement matching session was also available on the afternoon of the same day of the 2019MIECF.
The final day of the 2019MIECF was the “Green Public Day”, which witnessed a large flow of visitors who participated in a series of family eco-activities and enjoyed a variety of performances in the bustling atmosphere. During this year’s MIECF, technical visits were organised for guests to the Macao Electronic Waste Recycling Treatment Facility and the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge & Macao Port for them to learn about local efforts to promote environmental protection and the development of infrastructure. On the last day of the 2019MIECF, another visit was arranged for participants, including the public, to the Macao Electronic Waste Recycling Treatment Facility.
In addition, a tour was organised by IPIM for a total of 20 traders participating in the 2019MIECF, including those from Portuguese-speaking Countries, as well as representatives from the local environmental protection industry, to inspect environmental projects and technologies of green companies in the city of Zhuhai, Guangdong province, with the aim of learning about local facilities and projects relevant to environmental protection such as those involving waste disposal, biomass thermal engineering, environmental monitoring and unmanned ship technology to promote exchange and development of different parties.
The next MIECF will be held from 26 to 28 March 2020.