Macau Daily Times, Macau
Chinese medicine industry regarded as important element under Economic Partnership framework
11 October 2008
By Anni Lam
The 3rd Chinese Medicine Regional Co-operational Symposium yesterday began at the Macau Tower where Bi Zhijian, chief of the Economic and Trade Committee of Guangdong province said that the Chinese medicine industry was one of the important items within the CEPA (Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement) framework.
According to the chief, mainland China and Macau had signed CEPA appendix five on July 30, in which the Chinese medicine industry was the most significant improvement.
“Under this agreement, it allows Macau’s medical people to establish out-patient departments in Guangdong province,” said the opening note of the chief.
Bi also said that the symposium created a new opportunity for medical development co-operation between the two regions and provided further exchange of experiences between each other.
“I hope that the enterprises between the two regions could have further co-operation in order to build an international competitive Chinese medicine system,”said the chief.
Tai Kin Ip, acting deputy director of the Macau Economic Services, also told the media that such a symposium provided a precious experience exchange opportunity for local sectors and hoped that sectors could grab this chance to push the Chinese medicine industry to be modernised.
At the symposium yesterday, three topics that included “Mainland China and the Overseas Market Opportunity,” “Strategy for Developing an International Chinese Medicine Market” and “Operational Experiences for a Successful Chinese Medicine Industry” were brought to discussion by professionals and scholars from overseas and Macau.