Integration in the economic development of mainland China is a priority for Macau

7 March 2018

Macau Chief Executive Chui Sai On said in Beijing that the integration of the Macau Special Administrative Region (MSAR) into the country’s strategic development is the most important direction for the government’s work, according to a statement released on Tuesday by the Information Bureau.

Chui Sai On, during a meeting with Minister of Commerce Zhong Shan, also mentioned the importance of developing a working plan to develop the long-term management of the 85 square kilometres of the sea area granted by the central government to Macau in December 2015.

The Chief Executive also said that his government follows the “clear instructions” of the central government, with a view to transforming the special administrative region into “One Centre, One Platform,” a “World Tourism and Leisure Centre” and a services platform for economic and trade cooperation between China and Portuguese-speaking countries.

At the meeting, the Secretary for Economy and Finance, Lionel Leong also revealed that the government will participate with a separate pavilion at the first China International Import Exhibition to be held in Shanghai in November this year. The plan is to promote participation of local companies with brands from Macau, agencies representing products from Portuguese-speaking countries and the tourism, convention and exhibition sectors.

The Chief Executive also met in the Chinese capital with the director of the China Food and Drug Administration, Bi Jingquan, who gave assurances that traditional Chinese medicine is the driving force of the Science and Industrial Park located on Hengqin Island, as it is considered one of the new priority industries in the diversification of Macau’s economy.

Bi Jingquan said that the China Food and Drug Administration is available to study with Macau the feasibility of introducing beneficial and pioneering policies in the Chinese Traditional Medicine Scientific and Industrial Park. (macauhub)