Government response to media enquiries concerning suspension of operations at Macao Economic and Cultural Office in Taiwan

The Macao Special Administrative Region (MSAR) Government has, since its establishment, been pragmatically promoting stable development of relations between Macao and Taiwan.

In 2011, based on the “1992 Consensus” endorsed by both the mainland and the Taiwan region, Macao and Taiwan reached agreement about establishing a representative office in the other’s respective area. The two offices have been conducting activities in accordance with the 1992 Consensus. The Macao Economic and Cultural Office in Taiwan started operations in December 2011.

The MSAR Government has always proceeded in compliance with the law, regarding applications for the necessary credentials by personnel wishing to work for the Taiwan office in Macao. Nonetheless, it has not so far been possible to gain approval in Taiwan either for requests for renewal of credential papers, lodged by existing members of the Macao Economic and Cultural Office in Taiwan, or for new credentials by Macao staff wishing to work in Macao’s office on a rotational basis. As a result, the Macao Economic and Cultural Office in Taiwan has to cease operations. It will suspend its work from 19 June 2021.

The MSAR Government fully takes into account the needs of Macao residents in Taiwan. A 24-hour telephone hotline (+853 2833 3000) set up by the Macao Government Tourism Office will be – during the period of operation suspension – addressing general enquires, and providing other services and any assistance requested by Macao residents that are in Taiwan.

The telephone hotline will also provide people in Taiwan with information about Macao. For the latest information on epidemic-related matters concerning Macao, please call the Novel Coronavirus Coordination and Response Centre on +853 2870 0800.

The MSAR Government will continue to uphold the Basic Law of Macao, the One-China Principle, and the fundamental principles and policies implemented by the Central Government towards Taiwan, as the basis to proceed on matters between Macao and Taiwan. The MSAR Government will keep promoting and deepening people-to-people exchange and cooperation between Macao and Taiwan.

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