The 15th Macau International Trade and Investment Fair (MIF) will be held from tomorrow until Sunday at The Venetian Macau and for the first time it will incorporate a Creative Pavilion.

President of Cultural Affairs Bureau Guilherme Ung Vai Meng told reporters yesterday that 21 potential creative industries were invited to take part in the pavilion. “It looks to increase exchanging between local and overseas organisations as well as to help build local brands,” he said.

The Creative Pavilion will be divided into three areas: design, publication and audio; performances; and visual arts. This year’s MIF will also launch a workshop “Open To Creativity” on Saturday.

At the same time, in cooperation with the Macau Productivity and Technology Transfer Centre of Macau, the “Macau Fashion Festival 2010” will be held for the first time, with fashion shows and similar activities, “as a mean to support the local designers during their marketing and internationalisation process”.

This year’s venue will occupy an area of 30,000 square metres, with 760 exhibitors from home and abroad, and 1,400 booths, which correspond to a 30 percent increase over the last edition. For the first time, Beijing will take part in this year’s event.

According to Jackson Chang, president of the Macau Trade and Investment Promotion Institute (IPIM), the main promoter of the event, “Beijing gives great importance to the MIF, as evidenced by their sending of a high-level delegation for the first time”.

In addition, new areas for exhibition of electrical appliances and for investment projects in Hengqin and Hainan Islands have been added.

Exhibitors from more than 60 countries and regions, comprising 318 delegations and over 3,300 delegates will be present at the event, which includes several entities of the Central Government, quite a few provinces and regions from mainland China. Furthermore, there will also be delegations from Portugal, East Timor, the Philippines, Thailand, Nigeria and Indonesia led by ministerial level officials.

"These countries and regions hope to use the MIF platform to draw the world’s attention to the good perspectives and business opportunities offered by their countries, through the promotion of investment projects with good profit and development potentials,” Chang stressed.

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