France and Macao

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Bilateral relations

As the fourth-largest supplier of goods (6.7 % market share of imports in 2015, after mainland China, Hong Kong and Switzerland), France holds a strong position in Macao. Drawing on a French presence with deep historical roots, the number of French firms on the territory has increased significantly in recent years, leading to the founding of the France Macao Business Association (FMBA) in 2009. At least sixty French companies are present in the field of water management and electricity (Suez), construction (Dragages/Bouygues), the environment (Veolia), hotels (Accor/Sofitel), advertising (JC Decaux), airline catering (Servair) and the agri-food industry (several SMEs). Macao’s shift towards luxury tourism has also enabled many French luxury stores to open.

In 2015, trade relations between France and Macao saw a €625 million trade surplus for France. French exports to Macao, which total €630 million, mainly consist of agri-food products (25% of French exports, the vast majority of which is wines and spirits), perfumes and cosmetics (22% of our exports) and leather goods/luggage (21% of our exports). French FDI stock in Macao, valued at €77 million in 2010 (services, cars and wholesale trade) remains far higher than Macao FDI stock in France (€1 million, mainly in financial intermediation and real estate).

Relations between France and Macao are excellent. In the last 10 years, several agreements have been signed in the field of air transport (2006), administrative cooperation (with the French National School for the Judiciary (ENM)), culture (cooperation projects and exhibitions with French museums, including the Louvre). For the past six years, Hong Kong’s “French May” cultural festival has also been held in Macao. The teaching of French is growing fast, as shown by the dynamism of the Alliance française in Macao (over 500 different learners per year within the Alliance and in classes given in Macao universities and training centres) and the strong demand for French in secondary education, at the University and at the Macao Institute for Tourism Studies.

Visits

  • Visit to France of Ms Florinda Chan, Secretary for Administration and Justice, second-highest position in the Macao Government (6-10 October 2003)
  • Visit to Macao of Mr Gilles de Robien, Minister for Capital Works (31 October 2004)
  • Visit to France of Mr Fernando Chui Sai On, Secretary for Social and Cultural Affairs (2-4 October 2005)
  • Visit to France of Mr Ao Man Long, Secretary for Transport, Public Works and Telecommunications (22-26 May 2006)
  • Visit to Macao by Mr Hervé Novelli, Minister of State responsible for Enterprise and Foreign Trade (21-22 October 2007).

Updated: 21 April 2016

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