Macau, 1 April 2020
In view of the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus around the world, with Europe being the hardest-hit, Macau Delegation of the Portugal-China Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCILC-Macau) donated MOP50,000, which will be used for the purchase of medical supplies such as masks, to the Portugal Ministry of Health on 31 March in order to support the Portuguese government’s anti-pandemic work.
The cheque donation ceremony was held at the Consulate General of Portugal in Macau and Hong Kong yesterday. Representatives of CCILC-Macau who attended the ceremony include João Marques da Cruz, President of General Assembly; Rui Pedro Cunha and Carlos Álvares, Vice-Presidents of General Assembly and Bernie Leong, President of Board of Directors. The cheque was accepted by Maria Carolina Lousinha and Manuel Ricardo da Silva, Director of AICEP Portugal Global in Macau and Hong Kong and Chancellor of the Consulate General of Portugal in Macau and Hong Kong, on behalf of Paulo Cunha Alves, Consul General of Portugal in Macau and Hong Kong.
João Marques da Cruz, President of General Assembly said that the outbreak is currently very intense and is sweeping across the globe, hence it is necessary for all sectors of society to give a helping hand to each other and jointly fight against this pandemic. It is hoped that through this donation, the Portuguese community in Macau can join forces to support the Portuguese government’s anti-epidemic work as well as assist the Portugal Ministry of Health in enhancing their protective equipment, so that healthcare workers in Portugal can get the best protection. He also thanked Banco Nacional Ultramarino (BNU), the Consulate General of Portugal in Macau and Hong Kong and AICEP - Trade & Investment Agency for their assistance in arranging the donation. CCILC-Macau will continue to play its bridging role to coordinate and support the anti-epidemic works of the two regions.
Amid the outbreak, members of the public who wish to make a donation can directly transfer funds into the BNU’s COVID-19 Portugal solidarity account (MOP account number 9016556516) to jointly contribute to the pandemic prevention.
The Portugal-China Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCILC) was established in Portugal in 1978. It is a non-profit organization that promotes Sino-Portuguese economic and trade relations, with more than 300 members and partners from different economic fields to date. CCILC has always been committed to providing an exchange platform for Sino-Portuguese economic and trade cooperation and promoting development.