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Macau and Zhongshan to establish ‘co-operation pilot zone’

The Macau government Wednesday signed a framework agreement with Zhongshan city to establish the “Guangdong-Macau Co-operation Pilot Zone” in Cuiheng district, Guangdong province. The signing ceremony took place after the annual joint meeting of co-operation between Guangdong and Macau, which was held in the Four Seasons Hotel Macau in Cotai. The agreement was signed by … Continue reading "Macau and Zhongshan to establish ‘co-operation pilot zone’"

17 Jul, 2014

#Economy

Macau’s forex reserves reach $15.76 bln in June

The preliminary estimate of the Macau Special Administrative Region’s foreign exchange reserves reached to 125.9 billion patacas (15.76 billion U.S. dollars) at the end of June 2014, according to the figures released on Tuesday by the Monetary Authority of Macao. The reserves for June increased by 2.6 percent over the revised value of 122.7 billion … Continue reading "Macau’s forex reserves reach $15.76 bln in June"

16 Jul, 2014

#Economy

Chui’s manifesto focuses on people’s livelihood

Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On said in his re-election manifesto Tuesday that he will give “priority to issues concerning people’s livelihoods, such as housing, transport, environmental protection, social security and human resources.” The 57-year-old public health expert made the pledge during a press conference about his re-election bid at the Macau World Trade Centre … Continue reading "Chui’s manifesto focuses on people’s livelihood"

16 Jul, 2014

#Politics

61st Macau Grand Prix to be held on Nov 13-16

The government-appointed Macau Grand Prix Committee (MGPC) announced Tuesday that the 61st Macau Grand Prix will be held on November 13-16 with an overall budget of about 190 million patacas. MGPC Co-ordinator Joao Manuel Costa Antunes made the announcement at a press conference to reveal details of the annual motor-racing contest. After the press conference … Continue reading "61st Macau Grand Prix to be held on Nov 13-16"

16 Jul, 2014

#Sports

Govt vows to study tobacco tax hike

Health Bureau (SSM) Director Lei Chin Ion said Monday that his bureau would discuss with the Economic Services Bureau (DSE) a possible increase in the tobacco tax. Lei made the remarks during the legislature’s question-and-answer session in which lawmakers raised a range of hot-button issues. Lawmakers said that more and more of the city’s teenagers … Continue reading "Govt vows to study tobacco tax hike"

15 Jul, 2014

#Economy

Chui to announce re-election bid today

Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On will announce this morning that he will seek re-election, veteran  lawmaker Vong Hin Fai said Monday. Chui has chosen Vong as his “mandatary” once again. In a Portuguese-style election process, a “mandatary” is the legal representative of a candidate. He said that Chui, 57, and his campaign team would … Continue reading "Chui to announce re-election bid today"

15 Jul, 2014

#Politics

Pansy Ho says art appeals to ‘more demanding’ visitors

Art is what MGM Macau will be using to provide a more “soul-searching experience” to attract visitors from the mainland who are becoming “more demanding”, Pansy Ho Chiu-king, the gaming company’s co-chairwoman, said Thursday. Ho made the comment while speaking to reporters yesterday after attending the opening ceremony of a lion sculpture exhibition hosted by … Continue reading "Pansy Ho says art appeals to ‘more demanding’ visitors"

14 Jul, 2014

#Tourism

Govt spokesman says ‘referendum’ is unconstitutional

Macau’s chief government spokesman Alexis Tam Chon Weng said at the weekend that a “referendum” planned by three local grassroots groups was a violation of the Constitution of the People’s Republic of China and the Macau Basic Law. Tam, who also heads the office of Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On and holds a string … Continue reading "Govt spokesman says ‘referendum’ is unconstitutional"

14 Jul, 2014

#Politics

Govt vows to build 28,000 public housing flats in Zone A

The number of residential flats in an area to be reclaimed from the sea known as Zone A will be increased to 32,000 from the 18,000 the government had announced in 2012, the Executive Council (ExCo) announced in a press conference Thursday. The 1.38-square-kilometre Zone A lies north-east of the peninsula, stretching from Areia Preta … Continue reading "Govt vows to build 28,000 public housing flats in Zone A"

11 Jul, 2014

#Politics

APEC tourism ministers meeting to be held on Sept 12-13

The government said yesterday that the 8th Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) Tourism Ministers Meeting (TMM) will be held on September 12 and 13, while the organisation’s 45th Meeting of the Tourism Working Group will be held between September 8 and 11. It’s the first time that Macau will host an APEC meeting. Unlike the mainland, … Continue reading "APEC tourism ministers meeting to be held on Sept 12-13"

9 Jul, 2014

#Tourism

Govt says 3 groups’ “referendum” is illegal

The government’s chief spokesperson Alexis Tam Chon Weng, who heads the office of Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On, said yesterday that a “referendum” which three groups plan to hold next month was “illegal” and “invalid.” Tam made the remarks after a press conference at Government Headquarters which he hosted to announce details of the … Continue reading "Govt says 3 groups’ “referendum” is illegal"

9 Jul, 2014

#Politics

Groups to hold “referendum” on CE election

Internet group Macau Conscience is teaming up with the Open Macau Society and Macau Youth Dynamics to hold a so-called “civic referendum” at the end of next month on universal suffrage and this year’s chief executive election. Addressing a press conference at the New Macau Association (NMA) headquarters, high-profile political activists Jason Chao Teng Hei … Continue reading "Groups to hold “referendum” on CE election"

8 Jul, 2014

#Politics

Government says has no timetable for HOS law revision

Secretary for Transport and Public Works Lau Si Io said yesterday that the government had no timetable for when it will finish drafting an amendment bill on its home ownership scheme (HOS), adding the main reason for amending the law was to fix some issues that cropped up during its implementation. He made the remark … Continue reading "Government says has no timetable for HOS law revision"

4 Jul, 2014

#Politics

CE election board reveals nomination, campaign dates

Chief Executive Electoral Management Committee President Song Man Lei announced the dates for the nomination and campaign periods for next month’s chief executive election. Song said that between July 14 and 29, permanent residents could collect nomination forms for the new chief executive from the Public Administration Building in Rua do Campo, and return them … Continue reading "CE election board reveals nomination, campaign dates"

4 Jul, 2014

#Politics

Govt vows to improve platform role

Secretary for Economy and Finance Francis Tam Pak Yuen said yesterday that the government would further improve the city’s rose as a business service platform between China and Portuguese-speaking countries by setting up three strategic centres – a centre for commercial services for small-and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), a convention and exhibition centre and a centre … Continue reading "Govt vows to improve platform role"

3 Jul, 2014

#Economy

Privacy abuse cases rise nearly 20 pct: govt

The Personal Data Protection Office (GPDP) reveals in its latest annual report that it probed 141 cases of suspected privacy protection violations last year, compared to 118 cases in 2012, up 19.5 percent. The report, in both Portuguese and Chinese, was released on the office’s website yesterday. According to the report, some 62.4 percent of … Continue reading "Privacy abuse cases rise nearly 20 pct: govt"

3 Jul, 2014

#Politics

Imported workers make up nearly 40 pct of workforce

Macau’s number of imported workers (commonly known as blue-card holders) reached a record 159,299 at the end of May, 33,699 more than a year earlier, the Human Resources Office (GRH) announced Tuesday. Month-on-month, the number of non-resident workers rose by 3,091. The total number included 20,591 domestic helpers, 48.4 percent of them from the Philippines. … Continue reading "Imported workers make up nearly 40 pct of workforce"

2 Jul, 2014

#Economy

Hotel guests rise just 2 pct in Jan-May

Macau’s 99 hotels and guesthouses recorded 4.4 million guests in the first five months of this year, an increase of only two percent from a year earlier, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) said yesterday. In May, the number of guests dropped 2.5 percent year-on-year to 886,000. The number of guests from Hong Kong fell … Continue reading "Hotel guests rise just 2 pct in Jan-May"

1 Jul, 2014

#Tourism

CE election to be held on Aug 31

Chief Executive (CE) Fernando Chui Sai On issued an administrative order published in the Official Gazette (BO) yesterday that the CE election will be held on Sunday, August 31. By law, all elections in Macau must be held on a Sunday. This came the day after the 400-members of the Chief Executive Election Commission were … Continue reading "CE election to be held on Aug 31"

1 Jul, 2014

#Politics

Hospitals log 51,000 in-patients in 2013

Macau’s four hospital with a total of 1,366 beds recorded 51,000 in-patients last year, an increase of 4.8 percent from 2012, the Statistics and census Bureau (DSEC) has announced. In-patients aged 65 and over accounted for 21.5 percent of the total number of patients. In 2012, residents aged 65 and over accounted for 7.7 percent … Continue reading "Hospitals log 51,000 in-patients in 2013"

1 Jul, 2014

#Economy