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CE: Macao sees expanding platform roles in serving China and Portuguese-speaking countries

The Chief Executive, Mr Ho Iat Seng, today said the bridging roles of the Macao Special Administrative Region (MSAR) in terms of serving China and Portuguese-speaking countries had been expanding, thanks to the support of the Central Government, and the foundation laid by the previous five editions of the Ministerial Conference of the Forum for Economic and Trade Cooperation between China and Portuguese-speaking Countries (Macao), also known as Forum Macao.

Delivering a speech at the opening of the Extraordinary Ministerial Meeting of Forum Macao, Mr Ho said Macao had become a comprehensive service platform between China and Portuguese-speaking countries. Areas of service covered: trade and commerce; science and research; traditional Chinese medicine; culture, tourism, and the MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions) industry; trade; financial services; and youth entrepreneurship.

The Extraordinary Ministerial Meeting of Forum Macao was held today in virtual and physical form. The major venue for the event was in Macao, with a conference venue also set up in Beijing.

The meeting was held under the theme “Cooperate to fight against the pandemic, Collaborate for common development”. The meeting focused on how to strengthen exchanges regarding experience in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic; the training of people; cooperation on related issues; and how to take advantage of Macao’s platform roles in order to promote post-pandemic economic recovery.

The event was hosted by the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China; and co-organised by the MASR Government, and the Permanent Secretariat of Forum Macao.

The Premier of the State Council, Mr Li Keqiang, today delivered a speech via video link at the opening ceremony.

The Chief Executive, in his own speech, said Forum Macao was a crucial platform for mutually-beneficial and friendly relations between China and Portuguese-speaking countries. It was also a significant stage for Macao to give further play to its role in linking China and Portuguese-speaking countries, and for Macao to integrate further into overall national development.

With the strong support of the Central Government, along with participation and concerted effort from the Portuguese-speaking countries, trade between China and those countries had seen an inspiring level of growth since the first edition of the Ministerial Conference of Forum Macao in 2003, said Mr Ho. Such achievements illustrated Forum Macao was an effective mechanism in terms of promoting cooperation and friendship; in terms of boosting trade and people-to-people ties between China and those countries; and in enhancing Macao’s international influence and the city’s own development progress.

Since its establishment, the MSAR had successfully implemented the principles of “One country, two systems”, “Macao people governing Macao”, and the enjoyment of a high degree of autonomy, said Mr Ho. The process of developing the city as a commercial and trade cooperation service platform between China and Portuguese-speaking countries – known as the Platform policy – had enabled Macao to give full play to its advantages, and produced fruitful results in facilitating exchange and cooperation between China and Portuguese-speaking countries.

The Chief Executive also listed in his speech a number of achievements since the fifth edition of the Ministerial Conference of Forum Macao. These included: the China-Portuguese-speaking Countries Cooperation and Development Fund which had set up its headquarters in Macao; the Federation of Entrepreneurs of China and Portuguese-speaking Countries, which had also been set up in Macao; and the launch of the China-Portuguese-speaking Countries Commercial and Trade Service Platform Complex. Sound progress had been seen in relation to development of Macao’s positions as: a trading hub for food and produce from Portuguese-speaking countries; a convention and exhibition centre for economic and trade cooperation between China, Macao and Portuguese-speaking countries; and as a business and trade service centre for small- and medium-sized enterprises from China and Portuguese-speaking countries.

There had been advancement – on a progressive basis – of a number of initiatives, including: a financial service platform for commercial and trade cooperation between China and Portuguese-speaking countries; a renminbi clearing centre for Portuguese-speaking countries; a cultural exchange centre for China and Portuguese-speaking countries; a China-Portuguese-speaking countries’ young entrepreneur and innovation exchange centre; and a system for cultivating talented individuals bilingual in Chinese and Portuguese.

Mr Ho said in his speech – quoting what President Xi Jinping said when in Macao in 2019 during a visit to the China-Portuguese-speaking Countries Commercial and Trade Service Platform Complex – that Macao’s platform role was successfully turning from ideas into reality, from blueprint to actuality. Building Macao’s ‘platform’ policy was an important step for Macao to make further use of its strengths in order to serve the country.

The 14th Five-Year Plan of the People’s Republic of China specified expansion to functions of Macao’s platform role. Such mention fully displayed the fact the Central Government paid great attention to construction and development relating to Macao’s ‘platform’ policy, and laid a clear path for direction of future development, added Mr Ho.

The Chief Executive additionally mentioned that the Master Plan of the Development of the Guangdong-Macao Intensive Cooperation Zone in Hengqin had been officially launched on 5 September 2021, and the management bodies of the Guangdong-Macao Intensive Cooperation Zone in Hengqin had been inaugurated on 17 September 2021. They were important milestones in the development of the Cooperation Zone, and the new phase of “Mutual Discussion, Joint Construction, Joint Administration and Shared Benefits” for the Cooperation Zone.

Mr Ho went on to say that such progress provided huge impetus for Macao’s long-term development, besides making further use of Macao’s advantages within its geographical region, and bolstering the city’s effort for adequate economic diversification.

Development of the Cooperation Zone would enrich Macao’s ‘platform’ roles, expand its bridging roles, and therefore offer strong and solid support for robust development in terms of the city’s overall policy as a platform, added Mr Ho. 

The Chief Executive also talked about how the COVID-19 pandemic had created challenges for the organising of Forum Macao, and to Portuguese-speaking countries as well. This Extraordinary Ministerial Meeting of Forum Macao took its theme as “Cooperate to fight against the pandemic, Collaborate for common development”. It carried great significance in relation to advancing cooperation on: healthcare topics between China and Portuguese-speaking countries; promotion of joint economic recovery; and increasing the influence of Forum Macao.

Since the early stage of the COVID-19 health crisis, Macao had worked closely with the Permanent Secretariat of Forum Macao, in order to support those Portuguese-speaking countries in fighting against the pandemic, said Mr Ho. He also shared his belief that humanity shall ultimately overcome the disease and resume normal socio-economic development.    

To conclude his speech, the Chief Executive said Macao would make further use of its unique strengths; seize opportunities arising from the “Belt and Road” initiative and from the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, with a view to optimise and advance the city’s platform role serving China and Portuguese-speaking countries. These efforts would complement Macao’s effort towards the country’s dual-circulation development pattern for economic policies; further strengthen exchange and cooperation between mainland China, Macao and Portuguese-speaking countries; push forward the goal of a community with a common future; and ensure joint progress and advancement.

After the opening ceremony, the Chief Executive and the Director of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the MSAR, Mr Fu Ziying, officiated at the unveiling ceremony of a plaque of the China-Portuguese-speaking Countries Exchange Centre for Epidemic Prevention.

The establishment of the Exchange Centre aims to foster cooperation between China and Portuguese-speaking countries in relation to healthcare issues, via Macao’s advantageous platform roles. This would help elevate the overall capability of all parties to combat the COVID-19 pandemic; and therefore promote progress in public health in a global context.

During the meeting, the Minister of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China, Mr Wang Wentao, and other ministers representing participating countries, each delivered a speech, and expressed their views on how to strengthen anti-pandemic effort, and how to speed up post-pandemic economic recovery.

The participating parties agreed to enhance dialogue for anti-pandemic cooperation and post-pandemic economic recovery, in order to fight against the disease, and promote joint prosperity.

After the meeting, a joint declaration was signed summarising the consensus made during the Extraordinary Ministerial Meeting. The joint declaration also officially recognised the Republic of Equatorial Guinea as the tenth participating country of Forum Macao. (More)

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CE puts forward new requirements to optimise Government work

While reviewing the work done by the current-term Government during the past two years, the Chief Executive, Mr Ho Iat Seng, announced on Saturday (26 February) new requirements to develop and implement Government work. Such initiative upheld the spirit of the Central Government’s directives to Mr Ho during his duty visit to Beijing in 2021.

Mr Ho made the remarks in an exchange session to review and present perspectives regarding the Government's work. Some 280 officials took part in the session, held at the China-Portuguese-speaking Countries Commercial and Trade Service Platform Complex. They included the Government's principal officials; chiefs-of-office and advisors serving respectively the Chief Executive’s Office and the offices of the Government secretaries; directorate-level officials; and officials appointed by the Macao Special Administrative Region (MSAR) Government to work in the Guangdong-Macao Intensive Cooperation Zone in Hengqin.

During the meeting, Secretary for Administration and Justice Mr Cheong Weng Chon; Secretary for Economy and Finance Mr Lei Wai Nong, Secretary for Security Mr Wong Sio Chak, Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture Ms Ao Ieong U; and Secretary for Transport and Public Works Mr Raimundo do Rosário, each gave a presentation on the work to be carried out in the remainder of 2022 regarding their respective policy portfolios, and relevant arrangements to implement such effort.

Secretary Cheong said the administration and justice teams had, over the past two years, worked diligently to promote the integration of different public services, and spared no effort regarding reforming autonomous funds. In 2022, a 2.0 version of the "One-stop Public Services electronic account" would be launched, with the aim to build an integrated service platform for the general public and the city’s businesses, as well as to promote further electronic government services, based on the needs of users. In addition, the MSAR Government would continue to implement a three-tier prevention approach in the frozen-food chain industry, as a measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the local community.

Secretary Lei said the COVID-19 pandemic had created considerable challenges to Macao. He detailed how the MSAR Government had stepped up its support to the local community, via provision of financial subsidies to Macao residents and the city’s businesses, and subsidised training for job-seekers. In the remainder of 2022, the economy and finance teams would bolster efforts in the mainland to promote Macao as a safe and quality tourism destination. Further effort would be made to deepen the cross-over effects of the "tourism+" public policy, namely with the MICE sector, sports industry, e-commerce, and cultural and creative industries. The MSAR Government would also devote further effort to integrate the "big health" industry and the tourism sector; to launch a number of tourism products; and to accelerate development of a modern financial services industry.

Secretary Wong said the MSAR Government had advanced its effort regarding promoting national security by improving several legal provisions and setting up a specific mechanism tasked with safeguarding national security. The public security authorities had showed unrelenting effort in the fight against all types of crime, and to ensure the safety of the community, while supporting firmly the MSAR Government’s overall anti-epidemic strategy. In the remaining months of 2022, the public security authorities would make all-out effort to optimise work based on nine key actions: safeguard national security; step up enforcement effort and planning; modernise the civil protection mechanism; developing the police team; promote further the use of technology and science in police work; deepen police-public cooperation; enhance management of cross-boundary checkpoints; optimise correctional services; and promote financial intelligence.

Secretary Ao Ieong said Macao should be highly vigilant and cautious regarding risk of a COVID-19 outbreak in the community, in view of the severe situation in Hong Kong. She detailed the MSAR Government’s anti-epidemic work in the past two years. Such effort included the launch and optimisation of the Macao Health Code system, namely the introduction of a venue code function; the management of medical observation hotels; and all related epidemiological investigation work. She also said the cultural and social affairs teams would continue to implement all projects that had been planned to ensure people’s livelihoods; optimise the allocation of educational resources; promote a market-oriented development of the city’s tertiary education; formulate a bill regarding a system for importing talented people; and strengthen work to ensure the protection and preservation of the Historic Centre of Macao.

Secretary Rosário said the MSAR Government had increased investment in large-scale infrastructure projects, in order to help stabilise the local economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic. He gave an update on the progress regarding construction of Government offices in a number of land plots. Noting that public transport was the topic that most concerned the Macao public, the Secretary said works related to the “Macao Road Traffic and Transport Planning Study (2021-2030)” would commence this year. He also shared insights on how to integrate the city’s pedestrian and recreational areas, light rapid transit (LRT) system, and bus network, in a bid to promote sustainable commuting.

In a speech concluding the event, the Chief Executive said that over his first two years in office, the current-term Government had enhanced its ability to think strategically, while public administration services had pressed ahead with work linked to promoting adequate economic diversification. Such efforts had been fully affirmed by President Xi Jinping and the Central Government, highlighted Mr Ho.

He added that the MSAR Government should review its work on a regular basis, in order to improve policy planning by identifying potential shortcomings and overcoming eventual challenges.

The year 2022 was a crucial period for Macao to grasp firmly the opportunities arising from the country’s development, noted Mr Ho. The MSAR Government would devote all-out effort to realising important instructions from the Central Government, advancing anti-epidemic work, and enabling the full resumption of social and economic life following the impact of the pandemic. That was to be achieved in partnership with the local community, he said.

The MSAR Government would follow closely its general principles of administration for 2022, i.e., “prevent the pandemic, stabilise economic recovery, protect livelihoods, promote diversification, strengthen cooperation, and explore development opportunities".

Further effort should be made to expedite the establishment of the Guangdong-Macao Intensive Cooperation Zone in Hengqin, said Mr Ho. He added that the Government should venture into promoting innovation regarding existing institutions, mechanisms and systems, in order to further integrate Macao into the overall national development. Local authorities should do their best to improve the quality of the city’s development and to not disappoint the Central Government, following the care and concern it had shown for Macao.

In today’s session, the Chief Executive shared with participants four key points to optimise the Government’s work.

1. Devote unrelenting effort to speeding up the city’s adequate economic diversification and to deepen anti-epidemic work.

Adequate economic diversification was of utmost importance for the MSAR Government. Revision work related to Law no. 16/2001 “Legal Framework for the Operations of Casino Games of Fortune” would be continued this year; and the MSAR Government would devote additional effort to consolidate the advantages of the city’s traditional industries. In addition, further effort would be made to: foster the development of a ‘big health’ industry, with traditional Chinese medicine research and development as an entry point; expedite development of modern financial services; promote high and new technology industries; and ensure development of cultural tourism, convention and exhibition, sports, and commercial and trade industries. Advances had to be made in these areas, in order to spur Macao’s economic development.

Regarding anti-epidemic effort, the MSAR Government would remain vigilant, work stringently to maintain the city’s anti-pandemic mechanisms, and remain as prudent as at the beginning of the pandemic. Further effort would be made to enhance joint epidemic prevention and control mechanisms with regional partners.

2. Constantly optimise social and livelihood-related work, and enhance digital public services.

The Government should persist with people-oriented policies, while continued efforts should be made to resolve issues regarding housing, healthcare, education, care for senior citizens, and employment opportunities for local residents. It should strengthen development of public infrastructure, enhance the quality of support services for the community, and respond actively to demands from the public. Advancing digital public services was a policy goal of the Government to provide the public with greater convenience in accessing public services. 

3. Pragmatically promote the development of the Guangdong-Macao Intensive Cooperation Zone in Hengqin, and proactively engage Macao in the country’s overall development.

Work for advancing the Cooperation Zone had to be conducted in coordination with the original purpose of helping to diversify Macao’s economy, and in line with four strategic positions, i.e., a new platform for promoting Macao’s adequate economic diversification; a new space in which Macao residents could live and work; a new showcase to enrich the implementation of the “One country, two systems” principle; and new and high-level grounds for promoting development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.

In order to ensure the integration of Macao into overall national development, the city’s roles, positioning and strengths would be maximised, to serve the country’s ‘dual-circulation’ development pattern for the economy.

4. Keep enhancing the quality of governance and promote coordinated planning of legislation.

All public departments had to strengthen their political awareness and responsibilities. Further effort should be devoted to ensuring social stability and the security of the nation, which were the premises for economic development. Adherence to law-based governance was a fundamental principle of the MSAR. In addition, team spirit within governmental departments and cross-departmental communication should be encouraged, while inviting greater participation from the community in Government work, as these were helpful to push forward projects relating to people’s livelihoods.

The Chief Executive called on Government officials to study thoroughly the spirit from the important speeches by President Xi when he visited Macao. They should also have a better grasp of the master plan regarding the city’s development, and be able to expand their horizons, fulfil their duties, increase efficiency and complete their tasks, in order to ensure stability in Macao’s politics, economy and society. (More)

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IPIM Launches the “Invest Here” Website to Provide Investment Information on a Number of Cities

In order to stimulate the local investment environment, give full play to the unique advantage of Macao as a platform between China and Portuguese-speaking countries, and attract domestic and overseas enterprises to implement their business projects in Macao, the Macao Trade and Investment Promotion Institute (IPIM) has launched web and mobile versions of “Invest Here” (investhere.ipim.gov.mo) to provide information about investing in Macao, the nine mainland cities in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, and major cities of Portuguese-speaking countries, in a bid to help investors to gain practical and concise investment information from the huge amount of data available on the Internet.

Diverse information availablein three languages

The website covers diverse information about the aforesaid cities, such as their business environment, commercial procedures, taxation policies, incentive measures, industrial development, and laws and regulations. The information is given in Chinese, Portuguese and English, with a read-aloud function available in Cantonese, Mandarin, Portuguese and English, enabling investors from all over the world to gain investment knowledge.

Multiple functionsto support investors

The website is designed with multiple functions, including simulation calculators which can help investors to estimate taxes and company incorporation expenses. Moreover, customer service AI on the website will answer investors’ enquiries, while designated staff are also available to respond to any enquiries via the customer service hotline during the office hours of IPIM. Various application forms, such as company registration, permits and licenses, can be downloaded from the website, and some of the applications can be submitted online.

Useful information promoted through various means

Investors can quickly pinpoint what they need through the website’s advanced search function. Videos about investment environment introduction, success cases and MICE events are also available at the video gallery.

The month-long trial run of the “Invest Here” website has completed successfully. Over the past month, IPIM has collected extensive opinions from various institutions and made improvements to the website based on this feedback. In the future, IPIM will continue to collect opinions from all sectors of society and optimise the settings and information on the website. Should there be any enquiries or suggestions about the website, please contact IPIM staff on (+853) 2871 0300. (More)

New impetus for Macao created under fresh master plan for development of Intensive Cooperation Zone in Hengqin

The Macao Special Administrative Region (MSAR) Government welcomes the promulgation today by the Central Government of the Master Plan of the Development of the Guangdong-Macao Intensive Cooperation Zone in Hengqin. 

The Master Plan showcases the Central Government’s support over Macao’s economic diversification and is a major initiative to enrich further the practice of the “One country, two systems” principle. The MSAR Government will spare no effort in realising the significant opportunities created under the Master Plan, in a bid to give fresh impetus for Macao’s long-term development.

The Master Plan specifies its goal for the Cooperation Zone in Hengqin is to assist Macao’s adequate economic diversification, complement with four strategic positioning, and four major tasks. Promulgation of the Master Plan marks a new stage between Guangdong and Macao for of mutual discussion, joint construction, joint administration and shared benefits.

The MSAR Government will work in align with the Central Government’s guidance and in accordance with the Master Plan, in order to push forward – jointly with Guangdong Government and Zhuhai Government – for the development of Cooperation Zone in Hengqin. The MSAR Government is confident that – under the guiding principle of adhering to the “one-country” principle while taking advantage of the “two-systems” model – the Cooperation Zone will successfully explore new system and new showcase, with a view to create new driving force for the steady practice of the “One country, two systems” principle with Macao characteristics. 

On 20 December 2019, President Xi Jinping made an important speech when he was in Macao for events marking the 20th anniversary of Macao’s return to the motherland and the inauguration of the fifth-term MSAR Government. The speech paved a clear direction for the collaboration between Macao, Guangdong and Zhuhai regarding the development of Henqqin. At the ceremony, President Xi said it was particular important for Zhuhai and Macao to jointly develop Hengqin, in order for Macao to expand space for long-term development and create new impetus for development.

Developing the Cooperation Zone in Hengqin is a paramount step to advance the development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (Greater Bay Area), and a significant move to enrich the implementation of the “One country, two systems” principle. The Cooperation Zone earmarks fresh strategic development for comprehensive deepening reform and for high-level opening up economy. These efforts boost driving forces for Macao’s long-term development, providing Macao with new space, new opportunities to enhance its people’s welfare and livelihood, while ensuring Macao’s long-term prosperity and stability and facilitating the city’s closer integration with overall national development.

The MSAR Government calls on members of the public to stay united to seize the opportunities brought by the Master Plan, and to realise joint the development goals outlined in it. (More)

[Infographic] :Master Plan of the Development of the Guangdong-Macao Intensive Cooperation Zone in Hengqin

Funding Scheme for Postdoctoral Researchers of Higher Education Institutions

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In line with the Macao SAR Government’s policies of science and technology development, this Scheme is devised in order to promote science and technology innovation in Macao, boost talent training in Macao and attract overseas talents to return to Macao, and support local young scholars to enter into scientific research system and participate in the transformation of scientific research achievements. (More)

Application Period: from 12th July to 17th September, 2021

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