World­wide al­liance launched for Ma­cao

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By LI NA in Toronto re­nali@chi­nadai­lyusa.com

Ten Ma­canese as­so­ci­a­tions in Canada, the United States, Ma­cao and Por­tu­gal have launched the In­ter­na­tional Ma­canese Al­liance (IMA) in Toronto.

“The IMA aims to cre­ate projects in business, cul­ture, gov­ern­ment, and re­search that will have tan­gi­ble and quan­tifi­able ben­e­fits for all ge­o­graphic re­gions,” said Roy Eric Xavier, di­rec­tor of Far East Cur­rents, a Por­tuguese and Ma­canese stud­ies project based at the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Berke­ley.

“Th­ese projects, un­like those at­tempted in the past, will in­volve Ma­canese pro­fes­sion­als from abroad with ex­ten­sive in­ter­na­tional ex­pe­ri­ences, and re­in­force tra­di­tional ties be­tween Ma­cao and Ma­canese ex­pa­tri­ates that have ex­isted for many decades,” said Xavier, who was ap­pointed pres­i­dent of IMA at its first meet­ing.

He said one of the projects is the Ma­canese His­tor­i­cal Ar­chive, a search­able on­line data­base in English, Por­tuguese and Chi­nese of pho­tos, doc­u­ments, video in­ter­views and print ma­te­rial to pre­serve Ma­canese cul­tural his­tory in and out­side of Ma­cao. Those as­sem­bling the ar­chive have sub­mit­ted a re­quest to the Ma­cau Foun­da­tion for fi­nan­cial support.

Among those at­tend­ing the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s launch were Fang Li, the Chi­nese con­sul gen­eral in Toronto, Luis Bar­ros, the con­sul gen­eral of Por­tu­gal in Toronto, José Pereira Coutino, a mem­ber of Ma­cau’s leg­is­la­ture, and Rita Botelho dos San­tos, sec­re­tary­gen­eral of the China-Por­tuguese fo­rum for eco­nomic and cul­tural co­op­er­a­tion.

“We hope the found­ing of the al­liance will make great con­tri­bu­tions in pro­mot­ing the de­vel­op­ment of Ma­cao and the friend­ship be­tween the peo­ple of Ma­cao and other coun­tries,” said Fang.

LI NA / CHINA DAILY

Roy Eric Xavier (third from left), pres­i­dent of the In­ter­na­tional Ma­canese Al­liance (IMA) and the board of direc­tors, signs the mem­o­ran­dum at the in­au­gu­ral meet­ing of IMA on Oct 18 in Toronto.

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