Some local lawyers are interested in providing legal services in partnership with their mainland counterparts on Hengqin Island, Macau Lawyers Association (AAM) President Jorge Neto Valente said on Sunday. However, he was quick to add that no one had yet put the idea into practice. Heading an AAM delegation of 19 to Gansu province, Neto … Continue reading "Macau lawyers ‘interested in Hengqin partnerships’"
7 Sep, 2015
Macau secured its AA- rating from the international agency Fitch Ratings, despite its forecast of 16 percent economic contraction in the region this year. According to a press release issued last Friday, the evaluators expressed their belief that the territory was capable of diversifying its economy outside VIP gaming and of withstanding the structural economic … Continue reading "Macau economy to contract 16 percent, says Fitch Ratings"
7 Sep, 2015
Macau’s gross domestic product (GDP) dipped to its lowest since 2011 as high-stakes gamblers avoided the world’s largest casino market amid the mainland’s widening crackdown on graft and an economic slowdown. GDP tumbled 26.4 percent year-on-year in real terms in the second quarter, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) said in a statement. The drop … Continue reading "Macau’s GDP shrinks 26.4 percent in Q2 – lowest since 2011"
1 Sep, 2015
Macau’s trade balance posted a 43.463 billion patacas (US$5.432 billion) deficit in the period from January through July, down 2.89 percent over the 44.760 billion recorded in the same period of 2014, indicates the Statistics and Census Service. During the first seven months of the year Macau exported products worth 6.397 billion patacas, up 10.6 … Continue reading "Macau’s trade balance with US$5.432 billion deficit from January thru July"
1 Sep, 2015
Local lender Banco Nacional Ultramarino (BNU) is applying to the mainland authorities to set up a branch on Hengqin Island, the Portuguese bank’s executive director Ronald Kan Cheok Kuan said on Thursday, adding that BNU was also in discussion with the University of Macau (UM) about opening a branch on its new campus on the … Continue reading "BNU plans to open Hengqin branch"
28 Aug, 2015
The consumer price index last month rose by 4.76 percent year-on-year to 106.13, down from 4.91 percent the preceding month, reported the Statistics and Census Service. The increase was said to be due to higher rentals for dwelling and rising costs of eating out. Compared to July 2014, notable hikes were seen in the price … Continue reading "Macau inflation returns to 4.76 percent in July"
26 Aug, 2015
Police have arrested 17 men and women on suspicion of credit card fraud involving the equivalent of 350 million patacas, a Judiciary Police (PJ) spokesperson said during a special press briefing on Tuesday. The spokesperson said the police recently received a tip-off that several jewellery shops and electronics shops in ZAPE were using POS (point … Continue reading "Macau police nab 17 for 350 million patacas card fraud"
26 Aug, 2015
A Judiciary Police (PJ) spokesperson said on Monday a man lost over 6,000 yuan to a suspicious app after it had gained access to his bank account through his phone. The spokesperson told a regular Monday’s press briefing the victim told the police that after connecting to a local WiFi network in a public place … Continue reading "Macau app hacks bank account to steal money"
25 Aug, 2015
The number and value or real-estate transactions rebounded in the second quarter after three consecutive quarters of decline, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) announced on Monday. In the second quarter, 3,038 building units and parking spaces were bought and sold at 18.03 billion patacas as per stamp duty records, up by 63.7 percent and … Continue reading "Real estate market of Macau rebounds in Q2"
18 Aug, 2015
Macau’s mass gaming market could be negatively impacted by China’s devaluation of the yuan, according to Union Gaming Research analyst Grant Govertsen. “Based on the current two-percent decline in value of the renminbi, we would expect the mass market story to be negatively impacted by up to two percent over the coming weeks or months,” … Continue reading "Yuan devalution could negatively impact mass gaming market in Macau"
13 Aug, 2015
The latest statistics from the Monetary Authority of Macao indicate that new approvals of both residential mortgage loans (RMLs) and commercial real estate loans (CRELs) have increased in June. The total outstanding balance on the loans also witnessed an increase. June recorded MOP3.9 billion worth of new residential mortgage loans being approved by Macau banks, … Continue reading "Macau new mortgage loans increase in June"
12 Aug, 2015
Gymnast-turned-entrepreneur Li Ning had a simple message for local youths aspiring to start a business on Monday: don’t be fazed by any hurdles or challenges and look for opportunities that lie beneath them. Li was a speaker of a seminar co-organized by the Macau Trade and Investment Promotion Institute (IPIM) and the Macau Youth Entrepreneur … Continue reading "Li Ning tells aspiring entrepreneurs from Macau: seize opportunities when facing challenges"
11 Aug, 2015
Considering that the city’s average monthly gross gaming revenue continues to exceed the 20 billion patacas threshold stipulated by the 2015 Budget Amendment Law, there is no need for the implementation of austerity measures for the time being, Secretary for Economy and Finance Lionel Leong Vai Tac said in a written statement released by his … Continue reading "Austerity measures averted in Macau for now"
4 Aug, 2015
Macau’s gold jewellery imports dropped 32.2 percent year-on-year to 3.4 billion patacas in the first half of the year, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) has announced. Imports of watches fell 11.8 percent to 3.4 billion patacas, while those of handbags and wallets dropped 18.3 percent to 1.5 billion patacas. Construction materials imports decreased 10.4 … Continue reading "Macau gold jewellery imports drop 1/3 in H1"
3 Aug, 2015
Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On said on Tuesday that if, as predicted, this month’s gross gaming revenue drops to about 18 billion patacas the government would implement certain austerity measures, a possible move announced by Secretary for Economy and Finance Lionel Leong Vai Tac earlier this month. Chui, who made the remarks on the … Continue reading "Austerity measures possible, public finances stable"
29 Jul, 2015
The number of non-resident workers, commonly known as blue card holders, rose 16.2 percent year-on-year to 180,523 at the end of June, the Human Resources Office (GRH) announced on Monday. The number increased by 1,107 between May and last month. Mainlanders accounted for 65 percent of all imported labour. Other major segments were hired from … Continue reading "Macau blue card holders rise 16 pct to 180,523 in June"
28 Jul, 2015
Secretary for Economy and Finance Lionel Leong Vai Tac said on Saturday that while the statistics for July’s gross gaming revenue are not available yet, he estimated that the figure will not exceed 18.355 billion patacas ( US$ 2.294 billion), the so-called “red line” set by the government for austerity measures to be put in … Continue reading "Leong doesn’t expect July’s casino revenue to top 18 billion patacas"
27 Jul, 2015
Efforts are well underway to create even closer economic ties between China (Guangdong) Pilot Free Trade Zone, and Hong Kong and Macau. “Cooperation with Hong Kong and Macau has always been what distinguishes Guangdong free trade zone from China’s three other free trade zones,” said He Li, deputy director of the Guangdong sub-administration of China … Continue reading "Closer trade ties expected between Guangdong FTZ, HK and Macau"
23 Jul, 2015
Macau’s composite consumer price index (CPI) for June rose 4.91 percent year-on-year, down slightly from the 4.93 percent growth in the previous month, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) announced on Tuesday. The bureau said last month’s increase was mainly due to higher housing rents and the rising cost of eating out and renting parking … Continue reading "Macau’s inflation rate slows to 4.91 percent in June"
22 Jul, 2015
The local property market will go through a “mild correction” of 5 percent in the third quarter, with a possibility of a growth in the fourth quarter with the release of new flats, real estate agencies said on Wednesday. The local offices of Hong Kong-based real estate agencies Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) and Centaline separately … Continue reading "JLL foresees a stable property market in Macau before end of the year"
16 Jul, 2015