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《The Fourth Annual Conference》

Speech at the Opening Ceremony of the Fourth Annual Conference

 

Chui Sai On

 

Chief Executive of the Macau Special Administrative Region

 

Honorable Mr. Du Qinglin, Secretary of the Secretariat of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and Vice Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, Honorable Vice President Mr. He Houhua, Honorable Deputy Prime Minister Kudeberdyeva of the Kyrgyz Republic, Honorable Ms. Zhang Meiying, Honorary Chairwoman of the Taihu World Cultural Forum, distinguished guests and friends, good morning! First of all, on behalf of the Government of the Macau Special Administrative Region, please allow me to extend a warm welcome and heartfelt thanks to all our guests and friends!

 

In today's world, different countries and cultures are increasingly interconnected and interdependent, forming a community of shared future for mankind where all parties are intertwined. Countries and nations, after development and transformations of their own, foster cultures with diversified characteristics. The promotion of exchanges, understanding, consensus, and cooperation among civilizations has become an important method to enhance world peace and development. Under the theme of "Jointly Building a New Civilization of Community of Shared Future for Mankind", the Forum invited many dignitaries, scholars, and elites from all over the world to discuss on building a new civilization and seeking new development methods, which is of great significance to the building of a community of shared future for mankind featuring "harmony without conformity, and win-win cooperation".

 

During the 400 years of Macau's history, different cultures, religions, and ethnic groups have met in Macau in harmony. With the inheritance of Lingnan tradition and the fusion of European culture, Macau has developed a unique cultural charm of "co-existance of the west and the east in harmony". Since the reunification with the motherland in 1999, we have made remarkable achievements. The cultural inclusiveness and vitality conveyed in the great cause of "One Country, Two Systems" have been fully demonstrated. In 2005, the "Historic Centre of Macau" was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List with the strong support of the Central Government as a highly representative area where Chinese and Western cultures blend. The development of Macau fully demonstrates that only through the continuous enhancement of intercultural exchanges and inclusiveness can we develop further in harmony.

 

At present, with the support of the Central Government, the Macau Special Administrative Region is making every effort to build a "World Tourism and Leisure Center " and a "Platform for Trade and Commerce between China and Portuguese-speaking Countries" and accelerate the pace of moderate economic diversification by vigorously nurturing the exhibition, cultural and creative industries, traditional Chinese medicine, etc. The fact that this event is held in Macau today is a tribute to the importance of Macau as a platform for cultural exchange and a recognition of Macau's strength in hosting conventions and exhibitions. As we look back on the past and look forward to the future, the Macau Special Administrative Region is striving to build "one center and one platform" and to create a new image of "Cultural Macau". On their trips to Macau, the more than 30 million visitors each year can experience the diverse and harmonious cultural atmosphere here in a spirit of openness and inclusiveness. We will actively participate in and contribute to the "Belt and Road Initiative as a bridge and platform and strive to promote cultural communications and people-to-people exchanges among countries and regions along the route.

 

Distinguished guests and friends, at present, the world is facing new problems and challenges in development. Only through continuous interaction and friendly consultation can we better seek common ground while reserving differences and develop together. We sincerely look forward to share wisdom and build consensus among all guests and friends seated, so that we can work together to promote the prosperity of global culture and build a new civilization featuring community of shared future for mankind.

 

Finally, I sincerely wish the Fourth Annual Conference of the Taihu World Cultural Forum a complete success, and I earnestly wish all guests seated a good health, smooth work, and a happy family!

 

Thank you.

 

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