Manuel Silvério met Minister of Youth and Sports ACOLOP, a common project 2007-04-19 18:35  MAIGOC


  President of ACOLOP Manuel Silvério met yesterday (18/4)David Simango, Minister of Youth and Sports of Mozambique, the first of several visits to local government authorities. Amongst the issuesdiscussed were the projects of ACOLOPfor the near future and the relationship between the members of theAssociation. Duringthe meeting, Manuel Silvério, also 1stVice-Presidentof the Macau Olympic Committee (MOC),stated that the mutual help and the strengthening of the relationships amongstthe Lusofonia Sports family are very important. He revealedthat during his stay in Maputo the MOC and the Mozambique Olympic Committee will sign anagreement on the cooperation for mutual support and theorganization of training camps before competitions. This means that the Mozambique athletes will make preparations in Macao for the Beijing 2008 OlympicGames.

  ForManuel Silvério, ACOLOP enhancement of the relationship with thegovernmental authorities is of great significance, and is a goal that can only be reached by continuous work. “Although ACOLOP is anon-governmental organization, the success of our work greatly depends on the support given by the authorities ofour members’ countries and regions. Since the establishment ofACOLOP, we have receivedgreat support and it is our intention to keep onstrengthening these good relationships,” said ManuelSilvério, adding that one of the priorities of his responsibilities as Presidentof ACOLOP is precisely to make awarethe several Governments to the association’s project.

  In the end of the meeting,the ACOLOP President is very please in the exchange of ideas with David Simango. “During this visit to Mozambique, it is my wish to have closer contactswith the working conditions in Sports. The government authorities are very dedicated and invested a lot inthis field, as it is one of the most important areas for social development,” he remarked. David Simango praised the work of ACOLOP and regrettednot being able to be in Macau at the Lusofonia Games or at the ACOLOP headquarters official opening ceremony. During this week, Manuel Silvério will meet other Mozambican authorities,amongst them Prime-Minister Luísa Dias Diogo.

  Macao andSports as a plataform

  Also yesterday (18/4), the Presidentof ACOLOP together with the Presidentof the Mozambique Olympic Committee, met the Chinese Ambassador in Mozambique,Mr. Tian Guangfeng. “The Association of the Portuguese-speaking OlympicCommittees wants to keep contributing, in a pragmatic and active way, to thedevelopment of the relationship between Macau SAR, the People’s Republic ofChina and the Lusofonia countries,” he said, speaking about the LusofoniaGames, held last October in the MSAR, and mentioning also the fact that theheadquarters of ACOLOP are located in Macau.

  Tian Guangfeng underlinedthat, after the President Hu Jintao’s visit to Mozambique, the two countriesreinforced their historical relationship. “Both countries are very interested in developing new trends ofcooperation,” he said. “The 1st Lusofonia Games were precisely a newway of cooperation.” Tian guaranteed that the Chinese Embassy in Maputowill always support actions that will leadto the development of the good relationships.

  In the first evening of thefour-day visit to Maputo,Silvério andmembers of the Mozambique OlympicCommittee had dinner, a way to keep closest contact with the elements of the Sports structure. The NOCs ofMacau and Mozambiqueare both member of ACOLOP since its’ establishment, working together alreadyfor 3 years. “It was one more opportunity of learning and exchanging experiences. We have a common future thatwill be, for sure, the result of this excellent cooperation ability,” affirmed the President.