Conference Ambassador Zhu Lilan Hopes to Attract More Technology Conferences to Macao

Macao's "Conference Ambassador" Zhu Lilan receives a letter of appointment from the Secretary for Economy and Finance Leong Vai Tac.

Zhu Lilan, former Minister of Science and Technology cum Consultant to the Macao Science and Technology Commission, was recently appointed as the "Conference Ambassador" by the Secretary for Economy and Finance Leong Vai Tac. She believes that both the hardware and software are well equipped for conventions and exhibitions in Macao, which can provide excellent venues and services for holding all kinds of conferences. At the same time, Macao's overall environment is good, with sound social harmony, stability in public security and friendly culture. The completion and opening of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge will also contribute to the sustainable development of the MICE industry.

In order to actively attract more international conferences to Macao, promote Macao’s international network, and facilitate the growth and development of all industries, the Macao Trade and Investment Promotion Institute launched the "Conference Ambassadors" program and successfully invited 6 well-known figures from the fields of medicine, architecture, sports, information and chemistry from home and abroad to serve as the "Conference Ambassadors". Zhu Lilan was elected as an academician of the International Academy of Sciences for Europe and Asia in 1997, and was appointed the Minister of Science and Technology in 1998. She later served as a member of the 9th and 10th Standing Committee of the National People's Congress of China, and is now the President of the China Association of Inventions and Chair of the Ho Leung Ho Lee Foundation. Macao's "Conference Ambassadors" also include: Liu Chung Laung, member of the Advisory Committee of the Macao Science and Technology Development Fund, He Jingtang, Fellow of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, Li Ning, founder and Chairman of Li Ning Company Limited, Orlando Monteiro Da Silva, former President of FDI World Dental Federation, and Tsui Lap-Chee, a well-known expert on molecular genetics.

Recently, Leong Vai Tac thanked Ms. Zhu for accepting this invitation when issuing a letter of appointment of the "Conference Ambassador", and pointed out that the government of Macao SAR is committed to promoting moderate and diversified economic development. It has vigorously cultivated the development of the MICE industry, and launched the "Conference Ambassadors" program, hoping to help promote the conventions and exhibitions in Macao with the ambassadors' reputation and connections, and attract more international conference to Macao.

Ms. Zhu said that she is honored to be a member of the "Conference Ambassadors" and hopes to promote the development of the MICE industry in Macao to the utmost of her capacity. She said that in recent years, she often comes to Macao and is pleased to see that Macao has developed rapidly and undergone great changes. She believes that "Conference Ambassadors" can help promote the development of Macao's MICE industry and facilitate its overall economic transformation. By attracting technology conferences, it will help improve Macao residents' knowledge, awareness and vision of popular science, and encourage the youth to join the technology industry and promote the development of popular science in Macao.

Macao attracts many international conferences each year, which Ms. Zhu considers a demonstration of Macao's international image, influence and attractiveness. To allow the sustainable development of the MICE industry in the future, she believes that Macao needs to strengthen its own convention and exhibition characteristics so that the industry can actively participate. At the same time, multiple channels should be utilised for participants to deepen their understanding of Macao so as to open up other business co-operation with Macao.

In addition, Ms. Zhu Lilan mentioned that with the completion of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge and the opening for traffic, Macao's transportation will be more convenient. Macao can actively integrate into the development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area by relying on its advantages, complementingeach other's advantages with surrounding cities and givingfull play to its own characteristics from a wider perspective, which will greatly promote the conference and exhibition industry as well as the economy in Macao.

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