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Macau and Guangdong governments sign 8 co-operation agreements

Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On said on Thursday he was confident about his government’s decision to invest part of Macau’s financial reserves in major infrastructure projects in Guangdong. Chui made the upbeat remark at a press conference after the one-day 2015 Macau-Guangdong Joint Co-operation Conference in Jiangmen city on Thursday. Secretary for Economy and … Continue reading "Macau and Guangdong governments sign 8 co-operation agreements"

26 Jun, 2015

Macau’s GDP expected to contract 24 pct in 2015, EIU says

The Economist Intelligent Unit (EIU) has significantly increased its economic contraction forecast for the Macau economy this year to 24.0 percent, according to a report produced on 17 June. In the previous report, produced five days before, on 12 June, for this year the EIU outlined a contraction of just 6.0 percent. The EIU also … Continue reading "Macau’s GDP expected to contract 24 pct in 2015, EIU says"

25 Jun, 2015

Leong hopes to strike Macau-Guangdong investment deal today

Secretary for Economy of Finance Lionel Leong Vai Tac said on Thursday he hoped that through today’s meeting with Guangdong officials the two sides could reach an agreement on the framework for the local government’s plan to invest part of its huge reserves via the Guangdong government. Leong is accompanying Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai … Continue reading "Leong hopes to strike Macau-Guangdong investment deal today"

25 Jun, 2015

Macau government suggests toughening drug penalties

A group comprising various government bureaus working on the revision of the city’s anti-drug law suggests raising the penalties for drug offences, with the minimum prison sentence for drug trafficking to be raised from three to five years, Social Affairs Bureau (IAS) President Iong Kong Io said on Thursday. The current law dates back to … Continue reading "Macau government suggests toughening drug penalties"

25 Jun, 2015

Macau visitors and consumer price index increased in May 2015

Visitor arrivals to Macau increased by 0.9 percent year-on-year to 2.55 million in May, according to data from the Macau Statistics and Census Service (DSEC). The number of mainland Chinese travelling to the city fell for the third month in a row judged year-on-year, although the number of independent travellers from China was up in … Continue reading "Macau visitors and consumer price index increased in May 2015"

24 Jun, 2015

Macau Chief Executive says family harmony is basis for social harmony

Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On said in a Father’s Day audio message on Sunday that “family harmony is the basis for social harmony.” Chui recorded the message to wish all fathers in Macau all the best, namely good health and happiness. The message also pointed out that one’s family home is one’s first school … Continue reading "Macau Chief Executive says family harmony is basis for social harmony"

23 Jun, 2015

Macau Chief Executive to meet Guangdong officials to boost ties

Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On will meet Guangdong Governor Zhu Xiaodan on Thursday to strengthen ties between the neighbouring regions. Chui will be attending the 2015 Macau-Guangdong Joint Co-operation Conference in Jiangmen. According to a statement by the local government on Monday, Chui will be accompanied by Secretary for Economy and Finance Lionel Leong … Continue reading "Macau Chief Executive to meet Guangdong officials to boost ties"

23 Jun, 2015

Macau cash handouts to start on July 6th

Both temporary and permanent residents of Macau will be receiving government cash handouts starting July 6 and ending September 18, as the Executive Council (ExCo) has given its green light to this year’s cash handout scheme. ExCo’s spokesperson Leong Heng Teng revealed at a press conference on Thursday that the government is committed to sharing … Continue reading "Macau cash handouts to start on July 6th"

19 Jun, 2015

Macau government to evaluate animal performance applications

The Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau (IACM) will assess applications for animal acts to decide whether the shows will be approved, the legislature’s 1st Standing Committee President Kwan Tsui Hang said on Thursday. Currently, animal performances are not regulated, and animal fights for entertainment and betting are not banned. Members of Kwan’s committee on Thursday … Continue reading "Macau government to evaluate animal performance applications"

19 Jun, 2015

16 idle Macau land plots excluded from recovery list

One third of the 48 idle plots of land that were attributable to leaseholders have been exempted from the revocation of concessions by the government, the Secretary for Transport and Public Works, Raimundo do Rosário, revealed on Tuesday. The secretary notified the Legislative Assembly (AL)’s Follow-up Committee on Land and Public Concession Affairs of the … Continue reading "16 idle Macau land plots excluded from recovery list"

17 Jun, 2015

Mozambique eyes tourism co-op with Macau

Mozambican Consul General Rafael Marques said on Tuesday he would like to see more tourism-related co-operation between his country and Macau. Marques made the comments while speaking to reporters after a press conference at Grand Lapa about the southeast African nation’s food festival which begins tomorrow and runs until June 28 at the hotel. “Macau … Continue reading "Mozambique eyes tourism co-op with Macau"

17 Jun, 2015

Macau fiscal surplus drops 54.9 percent in 5 months

The Macau government recorded a fiscal surplus of 25.28 billion patacas in the first five months of this year, down by 54.9 percent year-on-year, according to the latest figures released by the Financial Services Bureau (DSF). Total public revenue in the five months stood at 46.42 billion patacas, down 33.8 percent year-on-year. This noticeable drop … Continue reading "Macau fiscal surplus drops 54.9 percent in 5 months"

16 Jun, 2015

Macau’s economy is expected to resume growth in 2016

The Macau economy is expected to start growing again in 2016, when the technical Economist Intelligence Unit predicts real growth of 5.3 percent, according to the most recent report on Macau. After the GDP of the territory recorded a growth rate of 10.7 percent in 2013 and negative 0.4 percent in 2014, the EIU report … Continue reading "Macau’s economy is expected to resume growth in 2016"

16 Jun, 2015

Macau legislators reject trade union bill for 6th time

Lawmaker-cum-unionist Jose Pereira Coutinho’s labour union bill was defeated for the sixth time on Monday in the Legislative Assembly (AL). Coutinho proposed six different bills, including the trade union bill, all of which were voted down. The other ill-fated bills concerned a wide range of issues such as employees’ protection from discrimination over gender and … Continue reading "Macau legislators reject trade union bill for 6th time"

16 Jun, 2015

Macau public entities cut energy by 5 percent per year

Energy Sector Development Office (GDSE) Director Arnaldo Santos said on Sunday that about 20 government entities had managed to reduce their energy consumption by 5 percent annually over the past three years. Santos made the remarks while attending the opening ceremony for this year’s Energy Conservation Week in Praça do Tap Seac, the 9th year … Continue reading "Macau public entities cut energy by 5 percent per year"

15 Jun, 2015

Macau marks 10 years of UNESCO recognition

Macau is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the induction of the city’s historic center into the UNESCO World Heritage list with a special cooperative effort with Henan, since the Chinese province has vast experience in protecting its cultural heritage, the Cultural Affairs Bureau (IC) president, Ung Vai Meng, noted at a press conference on Wednesday. … Continue reading "Macau marks 10 years of UNESCO recognition"

11 Jun, 2015

Police bust ring that recruited HK minors to deal drugs in Macau

The Judiciary Police has busted a Hong Kong drug trafficking syndicate. Authorities say they received information that a Hong Kong drug trafficking syndicate has been hiring Hong Kong students to traffic drugs in Macau. Police have seized drugs on two students near the Outer Harbor Ferry Terminal worth 40,000 patacas on Wednesday night. The students … Continue reading "Police bust ring that recruited HK minors to deal drugs in Macau"

11 Jun, 2015

Macau government issues travel advisory for S Korea

The government’s Tourism Crisis Management Office (GCCT) issued a travel advisory for South Korea on Tuesday, urging the public not to travel to the country. In a related development, Andy Wu Keng Kuong, president of the Macau Tourism Industry Association – also known as Travel Industry Council of Macau said that local travel agencies have … Continue reading "Macau government issues travel advisory for S Korea"

10 Jun, 2015

Macau government raises MERS response level to ‘high alert’

Health Bureau (SSM) Director Lei Chin Ion said Monday the bureau had raised its response level for the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) from “alert” to “high alert”. He also urged the public not to travel to South Korea for the time being. The announcement was made during a special press conference in the Conde … Continue reading "Macau government raises MERS response level to ‘high alert’"

9 Jun, 2015

Macau visitor arrivals likely up in May: tourism chief

Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) Director Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes said Monday that based on data from the travel and hotel sectors the number of visitor arrivals in May is believed to have risen compared to March or April. The city’s tourism chief also said she was confident that the number of visitor arrivals … Continue reading "Macau visitor arrivals likely up in May: tourism chief"

9 Jun, 2015