Macao prepares for new role in management of its customary waters

Chief Executive, Mr Chui Sai On, chairs the meeting with members of the interdepartmental group handling the preparatory works of clarifying Macao’s customary waters.

The Chief Executive, Mr Chui Sai On, today highlighted three major tasks that need to be performed regarding the clarification of Macao’s role in the management of its customary waters. The three tasks are: development of related regulation; training of professionals; and the acquisition of necessary equipment. These are part of the Government’s efforts to prepare for the new role of managing its customary waters, Mr Chui said. Mr Chui’s comments were made in a meeting with members of an interdepartmental group handling the preparatory works. Earlier in the day, Mr Chui inspected Macao’s maritime waters, including visits to the Taipa waterway, the Outer Harbour and a sea area to the east of the Macau International Airport. The Chief Executive told members of the interdepartmental group to pay close attention to planning, including issues related to management, safety and security of Macao’s customary waters. Mr Chui added that proper handling of these issues would benefit Macao’s coastal economy. The meeting with the members of the interdepartmental group was held in the Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal. The Chief Executive was briefed on the progress made in delimiting Macao’s customary waters and provided with a schedule of works. In addition, he was also briefed on the plans to manage Macao’s customary waters and the next stage of works. Mr Chui praised the group’s efforts and expressed gratitude for the support provided by the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council, the Guangdong Provincial Government and related Central Government agencies. Officials attending the inspection and meeting included: the Secretary for Security, Mr Wong Sio Chak; the Director-General of Macao Customs Service, Ms Lai Man Wa; the Chief-of-Office of the Chief Executive’s Office, Ms O Lam; the Director of the Government Information Bureau, Mr Chan Chi Ping; the Director of the Marine and Water Bureau, Ms Wong Soi Man; the Director of the Cartography and Cadastre Bureau, Mr Cheong Sio Kei; the Director of the Legal Affairs Bureau, Mr Liu Dexue; the Acting Commissioner of the Public Security Police Force, Mr Chan Man Tak; and the advisor to Chief Executive’s Office, Mr Ko Chin Hung.

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