China, Mozambique and Cabo Verde will be the next countries where the Portuguese media holding company Global Media Company will move forward with media partnerships to strengthen its “global network commitment”, said Monday, July 2nd, to Lusa the person in charge of the group in Macau
“The group has already ensured 12 international partners [in Portugal, Brazil and Macao] in the last few months to establish a platform between China and the Portuguese-speaking countries”, said the President of the Global Media Group in Macao, Paulo Rego.
The next step is to “move forward to China, Mozambique and Cabo Verde”, shared, while abstaining from revealing specific numbers about total or partial investments in the project.
The statements were made in the context of a debate about the future of global networks in the Lusophone world, in the commemorations of the fourth anniversary of the weekly Portuguese-Chinese publication “Plataforma Macao” (lit. Macao Platform) and of the announcement of new trilingual online newspaper (in Portuguese, Chinese and English) of the Global Media Group, “Plataforma” (lit. Platform).
Among the brands of the Global Media Group in Portugal, there are the radio station TSF and century-old, well-established newspapers such as “Diário de Notícias”, “Jornal de Notícias”, the sports publication “O Jogo” and the online economic news outlet “Dinheiro Vivo”. When it comes to magazines they hold “Volta ao Mundo”, “Men’s Health”, “Women’s Health”, “Notícias Magazine” and “Evasões”.
During the debate, the co-secretary of the Forum for the cooperation between China and the Portuguese-speaking countries, Glória Batalha Ung, stressed the strengthening of the economic and commercial cooperation between China and the Portuguese-speaking countries in the last decade, but also of the relationships in terms of culture, law and social communication.
“It’s not just about business: everything matters to the success of this platform”, she explained. For the President of the Lawyers Association of Macao, “the culture is an added benefit”, but still mentioned that “if language does not have economic interest, the language dies, (…) no business is conducted”.
Jorge Neto Valente argued that “what is in order is a relationship with different levels of interest, namely economic and commercial, where disputes and legal conflicts are a normal occurrence”, standing for the creation of an arbitrage centre in Macao, similar to that of Hong Kong.
The director of the information and Portuguese channels of the Teledifusão de Macau (TDM), João Francisco Pinto, reminded that “Macao is in the People’s Republic of China, a major actor in the global economy”, and that “such a factor will be one of the main points of interest for the Lusophone world, (…) essential in the creation of bridges, a process that TDM has started several years ago”.