Chinese official praises Macau and calls for more effective governance

9 May 2017

The economic and social development of Macau requires an increasing capacity for local governance in order to ensure the success of the “One country, two systems” measure, said the chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (ANP), Zhang Dejiang.

Zhang Dejiang, who is in Macau for a three-day visit, said at a meeting with the Macau government that after the transfer of the administration in 1999 the “One country, two systems” measure and the Basic Law were fully implemented.

Zhang also acknowledged that there had also been positive results in terms of ensuring the autonomy of the Macau Special Administrative Region’s government, the effective functioning of the political structure with the predominance of the executive branch, the rapid development of economy, the continuous improvement of the population’s well-being, the maintenance of stability, and social harmony in the territory.

However, Zhang Dejiang said that although the overall situation of Macau is good, the territory still faces some problems and challenges and therefore, “economic and social development requires a greater governance capacity to meet the expectations of the population.”

Zhang said he was pleased to note that the government of Macau under the leadership of Chui Sai On had been able to seize the opportunities of China’s 13th Five-Year Plan and the “One Belt, One Road,” strategy, create its first Five-Year Development Plan, prepare an interim review of the gaming sector, promote Macau as a “One Centre, One Platform” and foster the diversified and sustainable development of the local economy.

Chief Executive Chui Sai On said that China’s policies and support measures, notably the “One Belt, One Road” and Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area (GBA) initiatives, create enormous opportunities for a new stage of development for the territory.

Chui Sai On recalled that after a significant economic adjustment over 26 months, Macau’s economy resumed growth this year and he gave assurances that his government will do everything to achieve the goals of the territory’s Five-Year Development Plan whilst deepening exchange and cooperation with China and developing the economy.

Zhang, who earlier had met with Chief Executive Chui Sai On and the Vice Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) Edmund Ho Hau Wah, who was the first Chief Executive of Macau after the transfer of Portuguese administration to China in 1999, recalled that the contribution of both was decisive for Macau’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to now be 5.9 times higher than in 1999, with average annual growth of 7.75% and for GDP per capita to be US$69,000, which he said to be the highest in the world.

Zhang Dejiang was in Macau in 2004 as the secretary of the Communist Party of China in Guangdong Province to promote cooperation in the Pan Pearl River Delta area, to launch the development of Hengqin Island and strengthen cooperation relations with Macau. (macauhub)