Chinese Minister of Education Predicts that Macao’s Candidacy for Inclusion on the World Heritage List will be successful in 2005


    The Macao Delegation to the 32nd General Conference of UNESCO (United nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation), which was made up of the Secretary for Social and Cultural Matters, Chui Sai On, the President of the Cultural Institute, Heidi Ho, the Head of the CI’s Cultural Heritage Department, Stephen Chan, and members of the SASC Office, had a meeting with the Chinese Minister of Education, Zhou Ji, and his respective delegation, to discuss matters connected with Macao’s application to be included on UNESCO’s World Heritage list.

    Chui Sai On, brought up the matter of the candidacy, and thanked Central Government for its support in this process. Zhou Ji, in turn, expressed his satisfaction at the way the process was progressing and at heritage conservation efforts made by the Government of Macao Special Administrative Region, informing them that Macao did in fact form a part of China’s candidacy for World Heritage listing for 2005. The Minister hopes that during 2004, the year preceding UNESCO’s decision, the Government of Macao Special Administrative Region can exert itself even more to preserve the local heritage, to help guarantee that the candidacy is accepted.

    Also present at the meeting were the Chinese Ministry of Education’s Director General of the Department for International Cooperation and Exchange, Cao Guo Xing, the Chinese Ambassador to UNESCO and the Assistant to the Chinese Minister of Education, Zheng Shu Shan.


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