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Wu Yee Sun Charitable Foundation Donates HK$150 Million to UM

On 9 February 2010, the University of Macau Development Foundation (UMDF) received from Wu Yee Sun Charitable Foundation Ltd a donation of HK$150 million, the largest single benefaction since UMDF’s inception in December last year. In recognition of this magnificent contribution, with endorsement of the Chief Executive of the Macao SAR and University Chancellor Dr. Chui Sai On and the University Council, the central library on the University’s new campus will be named after Dr. Wu Yee Sun. In the cheque presentation ceremony held at the Government headquarters, Dr. Chui Sai On received the donation from the director of the charitable foundation Mr. Lui Pui Ying on behalf of UMDF. Dr. Chui Sai On expressed his appreciation for the donor’s commitment to higher education in Macao. He said that as a higher education institution, UM has an important role to play in the community. On 20 December 2009, President Hu Jintao officiated at the groundbreaking ceremony of UM’s new campus, which demonstrated the support of the Central Government for UM. With the dedicated effort of both the central authorities and local community, the University has embarked on a new era of development. Present at the ceremony were Dr. Michael Wu Po Ko and Mr. Norman Wu Po Kung, directors of Wu Yee Sun Charitable Foundation, Mr. Arthur Wu and Mr. Samuel Wu, members of the Wu family, Dr. Tse Chi Wai, Mr. Wong Chong Fat and Mr. Lam Kam Seng, founding members of UMDF, Mr. Lei Pui Lam, University Council First-Vice-Chair, Prof. Wei Zhao, UM Rector and Dr. Lai Iat Long, UM Vice Rector. Following the ceremony, Dr. Chui Sai On offered a lunch to thank Wu Yee Sun Charitable Foundation for its generous offering. Established in 1982, Wu Yee Sun Charitable Foundation Ltd has been dedicated to philanthropic causes. This donation was made in memory of Dr. Wu Yee Sun, who had carried out business in Macao. Through this donation, Wu Yee Sun Charitable Foundation wishes to contribute to higher education and nurturing of talents in Macao. UMDF is a non-profit organization, aiming to support the University of Macau to attain its academic goals and improve its competiveness. Since its establishment, it has attracted enormous attention and support from community leaders and alumni. The library bearing the name of Dr. Wu Yee Sun will be a landmark on UM’s new site on Hengqin Island. The groundbreaking ceremony of the new campus was presided over by the President of the People’s Republic of China Mr. Hu Jintao on 20 December 2009 and the construction is expected to be completed within 3 years’ time.


MGTO takes part in OTM to tap the Indian market

Macau Government Tourist Office showcased Macau’s splendour at the India Outbound Travel Market (OTM), India's leading travel show, held in Mumbai and New Delhi. MGTO, joined by representatives from tour operators, travel agents and hotels, took part in OTM held in Mumbai from February 6 to 8 before the travel fair continues in New Delhi from February 11 to 13. OTM is attended by a well-balanced mix of the travel trade, corporate and business travel decision makers, leisure and holiday travellers. OTM has been a platform for Macau to highlight its charms to the Indian traveller in the past, and MGTO plans to leverage the travel mart more forcefully along with the travel trade. The booth of Macau in Mumbai was attended by crowds of visitors who showed great interest in Macau’s tourism products. Dazzled by the upward trajectory of growth in Indian visitor arrivals, with 107,513 Indian visitors travelled to Macau in 2009, a 30.5% increase compared to 2008, major players like The Venetian Macau-Resort Hotel, City of Dreams, China Travel Service make their presence felt at the OTM this year. Indeed the travel fair is a great opportunity for the Indian travel trade to ink hotel deals etc and sell Macau more aggressively than before.


Company Statistics for the 4th Quarter 2009

Information from the Statistics and Census Service (DSEC) indicated that a total 674 new companies were incorporated in the fourth quarter of 2009, up by 24.1% year-on-year; the total value of registered capital rose notably by 76.8% to MOP140 million, as the registered capital of new incorporations of the Financial Services recorded a 90-fold increase (MOP53 million). In the fourth quarter of 2009, number of companies in dissolution totalled 123 and the value of registered capital amounted to MOP22 million, of which 33 engaged in Wholesale & Retail trade. For the whole year of 2009, number of new incorporations (2,529) and the value of registered capital (MOP340 million) decreased by 7.6% and 17.6% respectively over 2008. The majority of the new companies were operating in Wholesale & Retail (955), Business Services (440) and Construction (317). Capital from Macao totalled MOP166 million, down by 27.7% over 2008, those from Mainland China and Hong Kong amounted to MOP60 million and MOP42 million respectively; furthermore, capital from Guangdong Province (MOP26 million) took the lead among the Pan-Pearl River Delta provinces. For the whole year of 2009, new incorporations with registered capital under MOP50,000 totalled 1,699 (67.2% of the total) and the value of capital (MOP44 million) made up merely 13.1% of the total. Meanwhile, there were 57 companies incorporated with registered capital MOP1,000,000 or over and the value of capital (MOP199 million) accounted for 58.5% of the total. In addition, more than 80% of the new incorporations were limited companies. Analyzed by place of residence of the shareholders, a total of 1,533 new incorporations were established solely by Macao shareholders, 336 were joint ventures between shareholders from Macao and other countries or regions, 660 were incorporated by shareholders from countries or regions other than Macao. For the whole year of 2009, there were 469 companies in dissolution and the value of capital amounted to MOP1.99 billion, up by 4.9% and 2.8 times respectively over 2008, in which the value of registered capital of Real Estate companies in dissolution accounted for MOP1.91 billion.


MGTO Pushes PCO Management in Macau

Subsequent to the successful organization of the first IAPCO (International Association of Professional Congress Organizers) Regional Seminar held in Macau last year, the Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) will host a second edition at the newly opened Grand Hyatt Macau from 15-17 March 2010. This is the first regional seminar that IAPCO is organizing for the professional congress organizers (PCOs) in the Asia Pacific in 2010. The Macau edition will be followed by one in India one month later. “Whilst such seminars are recognized as a comprehensive course for beginners, it has proved to be equally rewarding for those who have been active in the meetings industry for many years,” recommended Ms. Patrizia Semprebene Buongiorno, President of IAPCO. As such the seminar is part of the continuous professional development of industry players who want to fine-tune their skills while meeting the demands of this fast-changing business world. The first two days of the seminar will cover basic organization of an international event, whilst the third day will be dedicated to an in-depth seminar on Promoting a Destination and Bidding to Win. The Director of MGTO, Engineer Mr. João Manuel Costa Antunes, said that the seminar offers an opportunity to industry professionals from throughout the Asia Pacific. “Macau will offer you opportunities to establish good networks with world wide professionals and hands on experience in Asia’s newest and most exciting destination for meetings and incentives.” “We are delighted with the enthusiastic support of IAPCO and have no doubt that the collective expertise of their hand-picked speakers – all of whom well respected industry professionals who will share invaluable insights – will make this seminar an un-missable event.” The speakers include Philippe Fournier, Vice President of IAPCO and managing director of MCI Europe (France), Roslyn McLeod, Council Member of IAPCO and managing director of arinex Pty Ltd (Australia), and Jan Tonkin, also Council Member of IAPCO and managing director of The Conference Company (New Zealand). Since the first IAPCO seminar in 1975, IAPCO has built up an unequalled reputation in the field of international meetings management training. Over 1,700 participants worldwide, including at least 80 in Macau have since obtained an IAPCO Seminar Certificate of Attendance. The IAPCO annual “Wolfsberg Seminar” is a much touted industry educational event, however with Macau hosting the regional seminar, many more MICE professionals in Asia will have the opportunity to tap into the collective expertise and experience of the speakers. The registration fee for seminar is MOP2,000.00 for the first delegate of an entity, while the second (and beyond) will pay a special rate of MOP1,000.00 for the 3-day workshop. To register for the seminar, please visit: http://eservice.macautourism.gov.mo/registration/registerIAPCO.php For more information, please visit: http://www.iapco.org/pdf/Macau%20Programme%20and%20Registration.pdf For enquiry, please contact the seminar Secretariat:
Tel: +853 8396-3060 / +853 8396-3055 / +853. 8396-3062
E-mail: mbtc@macautourism.gov.mo


Institute For Tourism Studies and Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne co-organise Executive Development Programme in Brand Management

In today’s competitive environment, brands have become increasingly important assets to businesses as customers often associate brands with concepts of quality, trustworthiness, prestige and value, and base purchase decisions on their identification with the brands. Realising this important asset in hospitality management, the Institute For Tourism Studies will co-organise an Executive Development Programme in Brand Management with Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne, Switzerland, on 16 – 17 March. The two-day programme draws industry leaders and practitioners’ attention to issues in developing, managing and evaluating global brand leadership strategies. Participants will discover how creating a coherent brand experience requires the alignment of every touch point in the organization with a customer value proposition. Over the two days, participants will be familiarised with: l Developing brand identities
l Developing brand-building programmes
l Management of brand equity
l Brand leveraging and brand extension
l The process of brand orientation
l Product and service strategies l Customer value proposition
l How to market brands The programme will be conducted by Prof. André Mack. Prof. Mack has an extensive career in the in-flight catering industry and management consulting. He specialized in the areas of strategic marketing, customizer service and business process re-engineering. He is both Director, Lausanne Hospitality Consulting, and a faculty member of Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne, Switzerland, lecturing on project management and consulting. The Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL), Switzerland, is the first and leading hospitality school founded in 1893. EHL provides solid hospitality management education based on the philosophy that hospitality management is both a science and an art. Its approach emphasizes not only the technique but also the culture of hospitality: the mixture of tangible and intangible elements that make up this unique industry. The establishment of this partnership has once again proven the international recognition of IFT’s teaching quality. As one of the leading tourism and hospitality education institutions in Macao and Asia Pacific, IFT will continue to provide top-notch programmes and contribute to the sustainable development of the industry. More information about the programme and application can be found on http://www.ift.edu.mo/edp/brand2010/ or contact Ms. Sandi U at 8506 1281 for enquiry.


Folded Book Workshop Offered by the Historical Archives of Macao

The Historical Archives of Macao will hold another of its popular binding workshops on Saturday 6th of February from 2pm to 5pm. This time the focus will be on making an attractive pocket book consisting of a single large sheet of folded paper enclosed between two covers. The book can either be expanded outward or kept flat. Book binding is one of the techniques used to protect Macao’s precious documentary heritage. Conservation professionals will introduce and demonstrate this technique and support participants as they make their own folded book. By the end of the three-hour session, participants will be able to take home their own pocket book … and perhaps offer it as a beautiful gift! No previous experience is required but participants must be at least ten years old. Please visit the Historical Archives of Macao (open Mon-Fri, 09:30-18.30) on Tap Seac Square to register beforehand and pay the workshop fee of MOP$20. Places are limited and will be distributed according to order of registration. For further details, please contact Ms. Chu of the Macao Historical Archives of the Cultural Affairs Bureau at 85986537.


External Merchandise Trade Statistics for December 2009

Information from the Statistics and Census Service (DSEC) indicated that the value of total exports of goods amounted to MOP680 million in December 2009, down by 25.5% year-on-year, with the value of domestic exports falling by 60.2% to MOP200 million, but that of re-exports rising by 17.1% to MOP480 million. The value of total imports of goods registered an increase for two consecutive months, up by 10.6% year-on-year to MOP3.62 billion. A trade deficit of MOP2.94 billion was recorded for December 2009. In the fourth quarter of 2009, the value of total exports (MOP1.90 billion) went down by 39.5% over the same quarter of 2008, and the value of total imports was similar to that a year ago, at MOP10.26 billion, resulting in a trade deficit of MOP8.36 billion. Macao’s merchandise export was sluggish in 2009; total value of merchandise exports fell by 52.1% year-on-year to MOP7.67 billion, of which the value of domestic exports and re-exports plunged by 69.0% and 27.0% respectively; meanwhile, total value of merchandise imports decreased by 14.2% to MOP36.90 billion. The trade deficit widened further from MOP27.01 billion in 2008 to MOP29.23 billion in 2009; the exports/imports ratio went down by 16.4 percentage points year-on-year to 20.8%. For the whole year of 2009, analyzed by destination of exports, value of merchandise exports to the USA, the EU and Mainland China decreased by 79.6%, 60.3% and 43.2% respectively year-on-year. The value of Textile & garment exports decreased by 73.0% year-on-year to account for 32.2% of the total exports of goods; meanwhile, the value of Non-textile exports dropped by 24.4%. Regarding the country of origin of imported goods, in 2009, the value of merchandise imports from Mainland China dropped by 31.6% year-on-year, but that from the EU rose by 10.1%. In terms of Broad Economic Categories, the value of imports of Raw materials & semi-manufactures, Capital goods and Fuels & lubricants fell by 38.0%, 19.9% and 17.0% respectively year-on-year, but that of imports of Consumer goods rose slightly by 0.1%, with that of Food & beverages rising by 16.7%.


Wages of Construction Workers and Prices of Construction Materials for the 4th Quarter 2009

Information from the Statistics and Census Service (DSEC) indicated that the average daily wage of construction workers was MOP529 in the fourth quarter of 2009, up by 1.1% quarter-to-quarter. The average daily wage of skilled & semi-skilled workers (MOP566) rose by 0.7%, of which welders (MOP637), carpenters (MOP620) and structural iron erectors (MOP608) were earning higher average wages; meanwhile, the average daily wage of unskilled workers (MOP357) registered an increase of 2.0%. After discounting the effect of inflation, the wage index of construction workers for the fourth quarter of 2009 was 96.4 in real terms, down by 1.1% over the previous quarter. For the whole year of 2009, the average wage index of construction workers (97.3) declined by 2.3% year-on-year in real terms. As regards construction materials, the average price of concrete rose by 2.3% quarter-to-quarter to MOP311 per cubic metre, and that of spiral and round reinforcing steel bars increased slightly by 0.8% to MOP4,251 per tonne; however, the average price of cement registered a decrease of 1.8%, at MOP641 per tonne. In the fourth quarter of 2009, the price index of construction materials for residential buildings rose by 0.7% quarter-to-quarter to 126.6; in particular, the price indices of electric wires and concrete increased by 5.9% and 2.7% respectively, while the price indices of concrete pipe piles and pipes went down by 6.7% and 1.6%. Compared with the same quarter of 2008, the price index of construction materials for residential buildings registered a decrease of 9.3%. In 2009, the average price index of construction materials for residential buildings (125.2) decreased by 15.4% year-on-year.


Genealogy in China

The Macao Historical Archives will organize a lecture in the Cultural Affairs Bureau Auditorium (Edifício do Instituto Cultural, Tap Seac Square, Macao) at 6:30pm on Friday, 5 February 2010. Mr. Danny Chin of The Genealogical Society of Utah, will give a lecture on “Genealogy in China”. Chinese genealogies record a clan's history and lineage. Genealogical records are a unique part of Chinese cultural heritage and they are regarded as one of the three important forms of documentation of the Chinese nation. Since genealogical records document the origins and story of extensive families, they are instrumental in building up family identity and unity. These records are now an important topic for researchers. Interest in China’s genealogy is thriving, with websites, articles, books and academic seminars on the topic becoming increasingly popular. More and more Chinese people around the world are engaged in tracing their roots while family and clan activities have become more frequent and extensive in Mainland China in recent years. Danny Chin, Area Manager (Asia) of the Genealogical Society of Utah, is also a Research Fellow of the Centre of Asian Studies of The University of Hong Kong, Associate Editor of Diepuxue Lunchong [Studies on Genealogy] and member the Editorial Board of Zhongguo Jiapu Zongmu [The General Catalogue of Chinese Genealogy]. The latter ten-volume work is available for consultation in the Historical Archives of Macao. The lecture will be given in Cantonese with Portuguese and English simultaneous interpretation. Entrance is free. For further details, please contact Ms. Chu of the Macao Historical Archives of the Cultural Affairs Bureau at 85986537.


Macao held Joint Maintenance Management Steering Committee Meeting and conducted a pre-audit in preparation for Universal Security Audit Programme

The Civil Aviation Authority of Macao SAR (AACM) has been participating in regional cooperation with other countries or places for the purpose of sharing resources. Among the cooperation projects with the aeronautical authorities of mainland China and Hong Kong was the Cooperation Arrangement of Mutual Acceptance of Approval of Aircraft Maintenance Organizations (AMO) signed in 2002. The three parties have then worked in close cooperation. On 28 and 29 January, the three parties held the yearly Joint Maintenance Management (JMM) Steering Committee Meeting and discussed two focused issues on the mutual acceptance of aircraft maintenance training organizations and aircraft maintenance licensing. The Steering Committee Meeting was held in AACM’s office. The three aeronautical authorities reviewed the progress of the AMO cooperation project as well as exchanged information on the difficulties encountered in practice and discussed the policy for amending the Joint Maintenance Procedures in order to carry out the relative work more effectively. In addition, the three aeronautical authorities have started the planning for the mutual acceptance of approval of aircraft maintenance training organizations between mainland China, Hong Kong and Macao since 2008. A series of discussions have been held to compare the regulations between the three places; Visits to the aeronautical authorities to observe their oversight work as well as to the maintenance training organizations to check their operations have also been conducted between the three parties to each other. The three parties have now finished the drafting of the cooperation arrangement, which is expected to be signed in 2010. The three parties also held preliminary discussions on the mutual acceptance of aircraft maintenance licensing. On this issue, the standards and the procedures for license category, examination syllabus, question bank and so on must be harmonized between mainland China, Hong Kong and Macao before conditions for mutual acceptance can be fulfilled. But given the fact that there is a discrepancy between the practice of aircraft maintenance licensing in the three places, the aeronautical authorities will therefore need a longer time for studies. On the basis of the present mutual acceptance cooperation, the three aeronautical authorities agree to aim for harmonized airworthiness standards and procedures between the three places to be the direction for future cooperation. The objectives of mainland China, Hong Kong and Macao in having mutual acceptance cooperation were to reduce the economic burden resulting from the duplication of inspections and testing on the industry and to enhance cooperation and increased efficiency in matters relating to civil aviation safety. The three parties established JMM following the signing of the mutual acceptance cooperation arrangement in 2002 with members from the airworthiness disciplines from the three places. The JMM meets every year to discuss the progress review of the cooperation projects in place as well as any other new projects. The JMM Steering Committee Meeting is chaired by the three aeronautical authorities in turn. AACM has been the chairman since 2006. The meeting in these two days saw the handover of chairmanship for 2010 to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). In addition to holding the JMM Steering Committee Meeting in the week, AACM conducted a pre-audit in preparation for Macao’s participation in the Universal Security Audit Programme (USAP) which will take place this year. Following the Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme which is conducted by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to its 190 member States which Macao participated in 2009, the USAP is another big audit programme that Macao is committed to. With the coordination between CAAC and ICAO, Macao will take part in the USAP in June. A working group has been set up by AACM which has already initiated all sorts of preparation. To evaluate the preparedness of the present state, AACM invited the Programme Coordinator of the ICAO Technical Cooperation Group, Mr. Graham A Lockwood to visit Macao from 27 to 29 January for conducting a pre-audit to the Macao aviation security systems to look for possible findings. On the three-day pre-audit, Mr. Graham A Lockwood followed the USAP documentation to review the Macao Civil Aviation Security Programme, the Security Training Programme, the Quality Control and Facilitation Programme, as well as the security crisis management arrangement. In addition, Mr. Lockwood reviewed the Macau International Airport Security Programme and visited the airport to check the passenger, baggage and cargo screening and access control procedures. Mr. Lockwood has already presented the pre-audit findings to AACM. AACM will analyse those findings and adopt appropriate measures for improvement, ensuring that the security systems further comply with ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices by the time the audit will take place.


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