Macau (MNA) – The pace of the Portuguese-speaking Countries Products and Services Exhibition (Macao) – 2018 PLPEX seems to have slowed down this year, Patricia Natos, the representative consultant of eight Portuguese companies which have joined the fair this year, told Macau News Agency (MNA).
“This year, we think the event is a little bit smaller than last year’s, and that there are not too many people like last year, when there were more visitors coming here asking about the products and services. I think this year the number of people around is lower,” she said.
Natos is the representative of GM Consultants, a company that is in charge of organising the logistics which have made it possible for the eight Portuguese companies she represents to come to Macau this year for the 2018 PLPEX – a fair concurrently held with the Macao International Trade and Investment Fair (MIF).
While claiming that all the eight companies represented already have a relationship with Mozambique, the partner country of this year’s MIF – together with the Chinese Province of Fujian – Ms. Natos says that with Macau’s support, it is “easier for us to enter the China market.”
Among the eight firms, of which products and services range from vaporisers, organic jams and construction machinery, she particularly highlighted the work of Estúdio Didáctico, which had already participated in the fair’s last edition.
The company has developed a pen which can read out loud material, including a book, a dictionary and a globe. Each one can be provided as a kit with the pen, or as a single product afterwards – in the original language and a language of choice, including English, French and German.
“Estúdio Didáctico came [last year] and had a meeting with the Portuguese school and they bought some books already,” Ms. Natos noted.
Overall, she is of the opinion that the interaction with visitors is so far “ok.”
“Everyone is curious about the products and services, we have some contacts already, but we don’t know [if they will produce something],” claimed the consultant.
Today is the last day of the fair.
*With Yi Wei Wong