Protecting the rights of local workers so that they would share the benefits from Macao's economic development would be of prime importance when the government studied the issue of labour importation, the Chief Executive, Mr Edmund Ho Hau Wah, said today. Speaking to reporters at the airport before departing for a visit to Hainan, Mr Ho said labour importation was a sensitive issue for the community. Therefore, the government had revised the relevant regulations, which would be announced in due course, to help meeting the demands of the labour sector. He said importation of labour was inevitable during the development process of Macao, and that the Government would speed up revision of prevailing regulations to combat illegal workers and at the same time strengthen the administration of foreign labour. It is the Government's duty to protect the rights of local labour, as well as promoting the development of the society, and meet the needs of Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs).