The government has established a committee with the aim of promoting the development and improvement of the management of Macau’s coastal waters, according to an announcement in the Official Gazette (BO) on Monday.
The announcement was made in the form of an executive order signed by Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On.
In December 2015, the central government granted Macau jurisdiction over 85 square kilometres of its coastal waters to help with its economic diversification. Previously, Macau had no jurisdiction over its coastal waters.
According to the announcement, one of the Maritime Areas Management and Development Coordination Committee’s responsibilities is to evaluate the ways the city’s coastal waters are being managed.
The committee will also promote studies on the drafting of a plan to develop the city’s coastal waters, as well as to formulate respective policies, the announcement said.
The committee will also promote the drafting of laws and regulations on the management of the city’s maritime areas, the announcement said.
The committee, chaired by Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On, consists of his five policy secretaries, the chief-of-cabinet of the office of the chief executive, the director-general of the Macau Customs Service and one of its assistant directors-general, the commissioner of the Public Security Police (PSP), several bureau directors, as well as a number of other senior government officials.
Of the 19 support measures announced by Premier Li Keqiang during his three-day inspection visit to Macau in October last year, one was to support Macau to develop its maritime economy and strengthen the management of its coastal waters.