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Over 130 co-operation deals signed at MIF

Trade visitors from more than 50 countries and regions joined the 19th Macau International Trade and Investment Fair (MIF) during which the organiser assisted in about 1,500 business-matching sessions and the signing of more than 130 co-operation agreements over the four-day fair that ended Sunday. According to a statement from the fair’s organiser Macau Trade … Continue reading "Over 130 co-operation deals signed at MIF"

27 Oct, 2014

#Economy

Top prosecutor calls for tougher drug penalties

Public Prosecutor-General Ho Chio Meng said Sunday that the Public Prosecution Office (MP) has suggested to the government there should be tougher penalties for cases involving “huge amounts of drugs” or defendants who pushed others to engage in drug-related crimes. Ho made the remarks to reporters on the sidelines of a public event at Lin … Continue reading "Top prosecutor calls for tougher drug penalties"

27 Oct, 2014

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Macau to have 24-hour border crossing with Hengqin by year end

The border between Macau and Hengqin Island is likely to be opened up to 24-hours a day by the end of this year, according to Niu Jing, the director of the Hengqin New Area Management Authority. Speaking in Macau he said that the government is currently seeking to put the necessary infrastructure into place to … Continue reading "Macau to have 24-hour border crossing with Hengqin by year end"

27 Oct, 2014

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Govt launches ‘courtesy covenant’

The Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau (IACM) Sunday launched a campaign to promote courtesy, responsibility and respect among residents. Representatives from several government bureaus including IACM Acting President Alex Vong Iao Lek officiated over yesterday’s opening ceremony of the campaign in Iao Hon Park inviting all residents to sign a “courtesy covenant.” According to the … Continue reading "Govt launches ‘courtesy covenant’"

27 Oct, 2014

#Tourism

Government plans trial run for 2016 by-census next year

Statistics and Census Bureau (DESC) Director Kong Pek Fong said Wednesday in order to ensure that the 2016 population by-census won’t run into hitches her bureau plans to carry out a trial run in 2015. She also said the contents of the questionnaires for the trial run would be confirmed by the end of year. … Continue reading "Government plans trial run for 2016 by-census next year"

23 Oct, 2014

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Govt expects 4,500 participants to attend 19th MIF

About 4,500 exhibitors and trade visitors from Macau, the mainland, Hong Kong, Taiwan and several dozen foreign countries have registered to participate in the four-day 19th Macau International Trade and Investment Fair (MIF), which will kick off tomorrow, Irene Va Kuan Lau, co-ordinator of the organising committee of the fair, said Tuesday. Lau made the … Continue reading "Govt expects 4,500 participants to attend 19th MIF"

22 Oct, 2014

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Inflation reaches 6.08 pct in Jan-Sept

Macau’s average consumer price index (CPI) for the first nine months rose 6.08 percent year-on-year, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) announced Tuesday. In the third quarter, the index was up 5.94 percent year-on-year. For the 12 months including last month, the index increased 6.03 percent from the previous period. Last month, the index was … Continue reading "Inflation reaches 6.08 pct in Jan-Sept"

22 Oct, 2014

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Chui to spend 45 minutes on 1st term wrap-up

Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On will attend a plenary session of the Legislative Assembly (AL) on November 11 to give a wrap-up of his work during his first five-year term and present a “mini-budget” for the first quarter of next year. He expects to spend about 45 minutes in the legislature’s hemicycle. Chui’s office … Continue reading "Chui to spend 45 minutes on 1st term wrap-up"

22 Oct, 2014

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Centaline says housing prices ‘reasonable’

The city’s housing prices may have skyrocketed over the past decade but its current housing price levels are “reasonable”, Centaline (Macau) Property Agency Director Jacky Shek Pou Tak said Monday. Shek spoke to reporters on the sidelines of the company’s 10th anniversary bash. “Housing prices have multiplied over the past 10 years but if you … Continue reading "Centaline says housing prices ‘reasonable’"

21 Oct, 2014

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Chui implies no Q&A after 1st term wrap-up

Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On reaffirmed Monday that since there will be changes in his team of policy secretaries he will not, as usual, appear before the legislature in November to present his policy address for next year but instead give a wrap-up of his work during his first five-year term. Chui did not … Continue reading "Chui implies no Q&A after 1st term wrap-up"

21 Oct, 2014

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Govt launches guidelines for cleaning water systems

Marine and Water Bureau (DSAMA) Director Susana Wong Soi Man said Sunday that the government has introduced new guidelines on the cleaning of water systems in residential buildings. Wong also said her bureau tries to convince residents in public housing estates to follow the guidelines first, then introduce them to commercial and public buildings before … Continue reading "Govt launches guidelines for cleaning water systems"

20 Oct, 2014

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Thailand expects visitors from Macau’s to rise 12 pct

Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Hong Kong Office Director Titiporn Manenate said Thursday she expected the number of Macau residents visiting Thailand to increase by 12 percent next year. Manenate made the comments yesterday on the sidelines of the “Amazing Thailand Presentation”, at the Landmark Hotel in Zape, to promote tourism in the kingdom. The … Continue reading "Thailand expects visitors from Macau’s to rise 12 pct"

17 Oct, 2014

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AL chief urges CE to attend Q&A after 5-year wrap-up

Responding to Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai’s remark last week that he would attend a meeting of the Legislative Assembly (AL) next month to summarise his work over the past five years, AL President Ho Iat Seng Thursday urged Chui to consider using a “different method” in which lawmakers could raise questions about the government’s … Continue reading "AL chief urges CE to attend Q&A after 5-year wrap-up"

17 Oct, 2014

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MGM chief says HK protestors should not disrupt economy

MGM Macau CEO Grant Bowie said Wednesday that protestors backing Hong Kong’s “Occupy Central” movement should not impact the city’s economy while expressing their views. Bowie made the comment in response to a reporter’s question on whether the protests in Hong Kong has affected Macau. The TDM reporter mentioned in her question that the Hong … Continue reading "MGM chief says HK protestors should not disrupt economy"

16 Oct, 2014

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Judicial reform is ‘inevitable’: top prosecutor

Macau’s chief prosecutor said Wednesday that judicial reform was an “inevitable matter”, pointing out that certain legal gaps are causing “constant unbearable pain” to the judicial system and civil society alike. Public Prosecutor-General Ho Chio Meng made the remarks while addressing yesterday’s ceremony marking the opening of the city’s judicial year. The solemn ceremony was … Continue reading "Judicial reform is ‘inevitable’: top prosecutor"

16 Oct, 2014

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Xi to visit Macau in December: Radio Macau

President Xi Jinping will visit Macau in December to attend the swearing-in ceremony of re-elected Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On and other principal officials, the Portuguese-language radio channel of government-owned broadcaster TDM reported Tuesday. The report did not attribute the news to anyone, merely saying that Radio Macau had “confirmed” the visit. According to … Continue reading "Xi to visit Macau in December: Radio Macau"

15 Oct, 2014

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Lawmakers return from summer recess

The city’s 33 lawmakers return to work Thursday after the summer recess. The first item on the agenda to be debated and voted on in the hemicycle will be a 166.7 million pataca budget bill for the Legislative Assembly (AL) next year, according to legislature’s website. The budget bill has been drafted by the legislature’s … Continue reading "Lawmakers return from summer recess"

15 Oct, 2014

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Govt conducts survey of Chinese white dolphin

The Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau (IACM) and the Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou are jointly conducting a survey to collect data about the Chinese white dolphin and other marine mammals which are found in the waters off Macau, the bureau said in a statement yesterday. According to previous media report, the carcasses of a … Continue reading "Govt conducts survey of Chinese white dolphin"

14 Oct, 2014

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‘Occupy Central’ hurts people’s interests: ex-Macau governor

Macau’s last Portuguese governor Vasco Rocha Vieira has told Xinhua that political stability is vital for Hong Kong’s development, as well as its well-being. The “Occupy Central” movement has undermined the prosperity and stability of Hong Kong and seriously damaged people’s interests, Rocha Vieira said in an interview with Xinhua last week. Rocha Vieira expressed … Continue reading "‘Occupy Central’ hurts people’s interests: ex-Macau governor"

13 Oct, 2014

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Govt mulls scrapping bearer shares

The government is planning to abolish bearer shares issued by public limited companies (known as sociedades anónimas, or SA, in Portuguese), so as to be in line with the requirements of the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes, as part of its efforts to crack down on money laundering and … Continue reading "Govt mulls scrapping bearer shares"

10 Oct, 2014

#Economy