Secretary for Economy and Finance Lionel Leong Vai Tac urged all sectors of civil society to put in an effort along with the government to face the city’s economic transition in a positive way and with an attitude as if “fighting a prolonged war”.
Leong made the remarks during an unannounced meeting with representatives from Macau’s six gaming operators. Last night, the policy secretary’s office released a statement about the meeting without revealing when and where it took place.
Newly appointed Gaming Inspection and Co-ordination Bureau (DICJ) Director Paulo Martins Chan also attended the meeting, according to the statement.
According to the statement, Leong said that the “orderly and healthy development of the gaming industry” would benefit Macau in the transition and upgrading of its economy, adding that he thanked the six gaming enterprises for adhering to government policies and promoting the development of non-gaming attractions in the city’s tourism sector.
Chan, according to the statement, said during the meeting that the government would keep improving the laws and regulations related to the gaming industry, pledging to ensure the gaming sector’s “honest and regulated operations”.
“The representatives of the six gaming enterprises said the gaming industries in neighboring regions are developing rapidly and Macau is facing fierce competition, agreeing that it is important to keep Macau’s gaming industry internationally competitive,” the statement said, adding that the six operators pledged to closely co-operate with the gaming inspectorate in developing the industry in an “orderly and sound” fashion.