Under the witness of Chief Executive Ho Iat Seng and Governor of Guangdong Wang Weizhong, the DSEDT and the Department of Science and Technology of Guangdong Province signed the Cooperation Agreement on Technology and Innovation Exchange between Guangdong and Macao at the Guangdong/Macao Cooperation Joint Conference in September 2022 to set up the Guangdong/Macao Expert Group on Cooperation in Technology and Innovation to push forward the development of international innovation and technology hub in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and deepen the exchange and cooperation in technology and innovation between Guangdong and Macao, with the DSEDT serving as the leading department of the Macao side.

The 2nd meeting of the Guangdong/Macao Expert Group on Cooperation in Technology and Innovation was held in Macao in February 2024. It was attended by representatives from, among others, the DSEDT; the Science and Technology Development Fund; the Education and Youth Development Bureau; the University of Macau; the Macau University of Science and Technology; the Pharmaceutical Administration Bureau; the Macau Post and Telecommunications Bureau; as well as the Department of Science and Technology of Guangdong Province; Nansha District of Guangzhou; the Zhuhai Science and Technology Innovation Bureau; the Economic Development Bureau of Guangdong-Macao Intensive Cooperation Zone in Hengqin. The meeting saw a summary of the work and outcome of implementation of the group over the past year and an introduction to the major work plans for 2024. Meanwhile, the two sides exchanged views on strengthening the cooperation in scientific research between Guangdong and Macao, opening up and sharing of science and technology resources, and supporting innovation and entrepreneurship, among other tasks.

Under the support of the national Ministry of Science and Technology, the governments of Macao, Hengqin and Zhuhai jointly establish the Centre for Science and Technology Exchange and Cooperation between China and Portuguese-Speaking Countries to promote exchange and cooperation between China and Portuguese-speaking countries (PSCs) in the fields of technology and innovation and to assist PSC technology enterprises to enter China and their Chinese counterparts to go overseas. In addition, Macao and Zhuhai work together to set up the Macao-Zhuhai Industry-Academia-Research Innovation Alliance, which gathers tertiary institutions, scientific research institutions, technology enterprises and other stakeholders of the technology and innovation sector in the two places to improve the mechanism for industry-academia-research collaboration between Macao and Zhuhai, promote efficient flow of technology and innovation resources between the two places, foster in-depth alignment between technological outcomes and demands, as well as expedite transfer and transformation, thereby jointly enhancing the technology and innovation capacity of the two places.