CE meets with EU consular corps

The Chief Executive, Mr Chui Sai On, met with members of the consular corps of European Union in Hong Kong and Macao at the Government House where they exchanged views on issues of mutual interests. At the meeting on 29 June, Mr Chui thanked the consular corps for visiting every year and concerning the development of the Special Administrative Region (SAR), saying the Euro-Macao relations has always been retained at a good level. He said the current co-operation and exchange mechanisms would be maintained, especially the work in culture and exchange between students. Topics discussed with the Head of Office of the European Union to Hong Kong and Macao, Mr Vincent Piket, and other 16 consuls-general covered Macao’s latest economic development, mid-term review of gaming concessions, and opportunities in regional development that might bring by the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge. Views on Macao’s position in China’s strategic development initiatives “One Belt and One Road” – the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, the relations with the Central Government, people’s livelihood and medical policies were also exchanged in the meeting. Mr Chui expressed gratitude to their concerns, saying it was normal to experience a period of consolidation in the gaming industry after years of double-digit rapid growth. He said the economic situation in Macao was secure and safe despite a drop in gaming revenues. To maintain a sustainable development, the Macao Government strives to take best advantage of the supporting measures introduced by the Central Government, to strengthen region co-operation, and to develop more non-gaming elements. The Chief Executive said he was confident in Macao’s future, adding social welfare would not be affected by a drop in revenue from gaming. Officials who also presented in the meeting included Secretary for Administration and Justice Ms Chan Hoi Fan; Secretary for Transport and Public Works Mr Raimundo do Rosário; and Acting Director of the Protocol, Public Relations and External Affairs Office Ms Lei Ut Mui.

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