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Macau government wants to cut imported labour in half in 2009

Macau, China, 26 Mar – The government of Macau plans to reduce imported labour by at least a half to ensure work for Macau residents, according to a statement from the Government Information Bureau. The number of non-resident workers in Macau currently stands at 89,331 people, 15,000 less when compared to September, 2008. The Macau … Continue reading "Macau government wants to cut imported labour in half in 2009"

26 Mar, 2009

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Businessman Ho Iat Seng says he is not in running for role of Macau Chief Executive

Macau, China, 23 Mar – Businessman Ho Iat Seng, who has been mentioned as one of the potential candidates for the Chief Executive of the Special Administrative Region of Macau from 20 December 2009, said Monday that he was “not a candidate for the post.” Speaking to television station, Teledifusão de Macau (TDM) Ho Iat … Continue reading "Businessman Ho Iat Seng says he is not in running for role of Macau Chief Executive"

24 Mar, 2009

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Macau’s fiscal reserves reached US$ 6.55 billion in 2007

Macau, China, 20 Mar – Macau’s government accumulated fiscal reserves reached US$ 6.55 billion (52.43 billion patacas)  at the end of 2007, the latest year available for the data, Secretary for Economy and Finance Francis Tam Pak Yuen told the Legislative Assembly (AL) yesterday. Francis Tam revealed the figure during a report on the government’s … Continue reading "Macau’s fiscal reserves reached US$ 6.55 billion in 2007"

20 Mar, 2009

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Former government official Ao Man Long apologises for negative effects he had on Macau

Macau, China, 19 Mar – Macau’s former Secretary of State for Transport and Public Works, Ao Man Long, apologised in court for the negative effects his behaviour had on the region’s image while he was a member of the government. In the final allegations of his second trail, which took place on Wednesday, Ao Man … Continue reading "Former government official Ao Man Long apologises for negative effects he had on Macau"

19 Mar, 2009

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Macau turns away five Hong Kong politicians

Macau, China, 16 Mar – Macau’s Public Security Police (PSP) on Sunday stopped five politicians that reside in Hong Kong from entering Macau, based on Macau security law, according to a statement issued by the PSP. The five politicians from the Hong Kong Democratic Party were part of a group of 35 pro-democratic activists and … Continue reading "Macau turns away five Hong Kong politicians"

16 Mar, 2009

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Bangkok Airways and Malaysia Airlines to suspend Macau flights

Macau, China, 09 Mar – The Thai carrier Bangkok Airways  has announced the suspension of its daily Bangkok-Macau route from March 28 because the number of passengers has decreased significantly. According with the Macau Post daily the suspension of the flights would mean a loss of 120 seats a day or a potential 840 visitors … Continue reading "Bangkok Airways and Malaysia Airlines to suspend Macau flights"

9 Mar, 2009

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Macau Fisherman’s Wharf in search of more visitors

Macau, China, 09 Mar -Macau Fisherman’s Wharf (MFW) is preparing for a tough year ahead with plans to focus on regional marketing in a bid to boost visitor numbers at the MOP 1.9 billion theme park. A MFW spokeswoman told MacauNews that the development was bracing itself for a difficult year, despite what she described … Continue reading "Macau Fisherman’s Wharf in search of more visitors"

9 Mar, 2009

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Premier Wen Jiabao pledges to help Macau and Hong Kong through the economic crisis

中国北京3月6日电-中国国务院总理温家宝周四在此间许诺,全力支持香港、澳门两个特别行政区积极应对国际金融危机。 温家宝在十一届全国人大二次会议上作政府工作报告时说,中央政府将加快加快推动港珠澳大桥、港深机场铁路、广深港高速铁路等基础设施建设。 他说,中央政府还将加快推进与港澳地区货物贸易的人民币结算试点。 他还称,政府还将扩大内地服务业对港澳的开放,采取有效措施支持港澳在内地企业特别是中小企业发展。 温家宝说,北京将帮助澳门促进经济适度多元发展。 “伟大祖国永远是香港、澳门的坚强后盾。 我们坚信,香港、澳门同胞一定能够克服面临的困难,开创更加美好的明天!” 这次工作报告中关于港澳工作的部分,是自2004年以来政府工作报告中,篇幅最长、文字最多的一次。 2008年政府工作报告只是简要地提到坚持“一国两制”方针,“港人治港”、“澳人治澳”、高度自治的方针,严格按照特别行政区基本法办事。 同时,澳门特区行政长官何厚铧周四在北京与广东省省委书记汪洋会面,“双方均认为两地可在原有基础上加强合作,达至互补共赢”。 双方谈及粤澳共同推进落实《珠江三角洲地区改革发展规划纲要(2008-2020年) 》、促进澳门经济适度多元化、粤澳合作共同开发横琴、支持澳门民生事务(供水、供电、食品安全)等问题。 汪洋在会面中回顾了过去一年粤澳合作取得的成果,包括港珠澳大桥建设有实质进展,可望在今年内动工。 (MacauNews)

6 Mar, 2009

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EC positive about Macau in 2008 report, but warns against affects on fundamental freedoms

Macau, China, 5 March – The European Commission has a positive opinion about Macau, but hopes that the State Security Law does not jeopardise the fundamental rights and freedoms of the territory, according to the commission’s annual report. “The Commission hopes that the approval of the State Security Bill will not affect the fundamental right … Continue reading "EC positive about Macau in 2008 report, but warns against affects on fundamental freedoms"

5 Mar, 2009

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Macau promotes itself in Taiwan to attract more tourists

Macau, China, 5 Mar – Macau has been promoting its potential in terms of tourism since the start of the month in Taiwan with the aim of attracting more visitors to Macau, it was officially announced. The campaign launched by the Macau Tourism Office in Taipe, the capital of Taiwan, and in Taichung, will last … Continue reading "Macau promotes itself in Taiwan to attract more tourists"

5 Mar, 2009

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Chief Executive says police action to prevent non-residents entering Macau is “founded”

Macau, China, 5 March – Macau Chief Executive Edmund Ho Hau Wah said Wednesday that he believed that the police “action was founded and in line with the law” when they prevented Hong Kong residents from entering the territory, according to the government’s Information Bureau reported. Ho, who was speaking to journalists before leaving for … Continue reading "Chief Executive says police action to prevent non-residents entering Macau is “founded”"

5 Mar, 2009

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Macau agrees to 10 more Sichuan reconstruction projects worth US$102 million

Macau, China, 4 Mar – The government of Macau on Monday signed an agreement with the authorities of Sichuan, which was hit in 2008 by a strong earthquake, for 10 more projects to rebuild infrastructures included in the Special Administrative Region’s support plan for this mainland Chinese province. The new projects are valued at a … Continue reading "Macau agrees to 10 more Sichuan reconstruction projects worth US$102 million"

4 Mar, 2009

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Macau government generally respects human rights in 2008, according to US report

Macau, China, 26 Feb – The Macau government generally respected the human rights of its citizens, according to the 2008 Human Rights Report released on Wednesday by the United States Department of State. The report however said that some problems remained, most notably limits on citizens’ ability to change their government, trafficking in persons, and … Continue reading "Macau government generally respects human rights in 2008, according to US report"

26 Feb, 2009

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Macau Legislative Assembly approves state security bill

Macau, China, 26 Feb – The Legislative Assembly of Macau approved by majority on Wednesday a proposal national security law of the Special Administrative Region. Four months after the Chief Executive of Macau presented the proposal, the Legislative Assembly approved the national security bill with some alterations, related to reducing the minimum prison sentence for … Continue reading "Macau Legislative Assembly approves state security bill"

26 Feb, 2009

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Macau government adjust 2008 visitor arrivals down to 22.9 million

Macau, China, 25 Fev – Macau’s Statistics and Census Services (DSEC) released Tuesday its "adjusted" number of 22.9 million visitors arrivals last year, 7.2 milllion less than previously announced. Last month the Macau government had announced the record number of 30.18 million "visitors arrivals" in 2008. The new figures visitor arrival released by the Statistics … Continue reading "Macau government adjust 2008 visitor arrivals down to 22.9 million"

25 Feb, 2009

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Macau Secretary says barring Hong Kong photographer in line with the law

Macau, China,  20 Fev – Macau’s Secretary for Economy and Finance Francis Tam Pak Yuen said Thursday  that Macau’s Immigration Department was "always" carrying out its duties in strict compliance with the Internal Security Framework Law,  wich was promulgated in 2002. On Wednesday, South China Morning Post photographer Felix Wong Chi-keung was denied entry in … Continue reading "Macau Secretary says barring Hong Kong photographer in line with the law"

20 Feb, 2009

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Guangdong, Macau and Hong Kong join forces to develop Pearl River Delta

Macau, China, 20 Feb – The Chinese province of Guangdong and the Special Administrative Regions of Macau and Hong Kong are going to cooperate to develop the Pearl River Delta with the aim of turning the region into a global competitive market. The decision was made in a meeting that took place on Wednesday in … Continue reading "Guangdong, Macau and Hong Kong join forces to develop Pearl River Delta"

20 Feb, 2009

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Macau police denies entry to newspaper photographer

Macau, China, 19 Feb – A South China Morning Post photographer was stopped from entering Macau Wednesday – apparently the first time the city has barred a Hong Kong journalist. Felix Wong Chi-keung had been granted a Macau government permit to cover the trial of disgraced former secretary for transport and public works Ao Man-long. … Continue reading "Macau police denies entry to newspaper photographer"

19 Feb, 2009

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Former Macau government official Ao Man Long stands trial on new corruption charges

Macau, China, 19 Feb – The former Macau Secretary for Transport and Public Works, Ao Man Long, stood trail again on Wednesday, this time related to casino work tenders, as well as granting land and public work contracts for sporting venues. The former government official was convicted in January, 2008 to 27 years in jail … Continue reading "Former Macau government official Ao Man Long stands trial on new corruption charges"

19 Feb, 2009

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China speeds up development plans for Hengqin island, next to Macau

Macau, China, 16 Feb – The deputy governor of the Chinese province of Guangdong Wan Qingliang said there are currently 20 specialised working groups from various sectors in Beijing discussing the development of Hengqin island, in Zhuhai, located next to Macau. Hengqin occupies an area of 86 square kilometres, the largest of the 146 islands … Continue reading "China speeds up development plans for Hengqin island, next to Macau"

16 Feb, 2009

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