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Accommodating the country’s needs

Returning from the annual meetings of the NPC and CPPCC in Beijing, the city’s top officials advocate that Macau should take the initiative to get involved in national development by fully implementing the policies supported by the central government

The MSAR’s Chief Executive (CE) is urging the city to remain proactive in its development by implementing proposed government policies to lead the growth of the MSAR. Speaking at Friday’s briefing session at the Chinese Liaison Office, Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On sought to summarise the new policies and aspirations set out at the annual meetings of the National People’s Congress and Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) held over the past week in Beijing, collectively known as the “Two Sessions”.
Hundreds of individuals from different social sectors, including government secretaries and legislators attended the meeting.
Reflecting upon the aspirations derived from the two sessions this year, the CE advocated that leaders of all sectors work together with concerted effort, to act in line with the Constitution and the Basic Law so as to wholly perform the principle of “One country, Two systems” and contribute to the pursuit of further economic development.

Four routes
The four major aspects outlined by the CE for the MSAR to accomplish, include expediting the cultivation of Macau’s ‘Centre and Platform’ to diversify the city’s economy. In addition, the city will actively participate, with the co-operation of regions such as Fujian and Guangdong, in the development of the ‘One Belt, One Road’ strategy, as well as commencing the study of developing the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area.
The second aspect is to prioritise resolving housing and transport issues in Macau, and also to accelerate cross-boundary infrastructure projects in order to improve the city’s livelihood.
Meanwhile, the young population in the city will receive increased opportunities to obtain higher education in Mainland China, to support their development as well as to promote patriotic spirit.
Intensifying public administration and legal reform is also on the agenda, with the CE pledging to boost efforts to simplify the administrative processes, to promote anti-corruption measures and improve cross-departmental co-operation.

Stay optimistic
Also speaking at the briefing session last Friday, CPPCC standing committee member Liu Chak Wan proposed that the city should enhance its comprehensive ability, in particular the ability to participate in the country’s politics and offer advice and suggestions.
Vice Chairman of the CPPCC, Ho Hau Wa, also attending the briefing session, remarked that the success of the coming Legislative Assembly Election, to be held in September, would be particularly important in confirming the city’s political environment and would serve as an example under the “One country, Two systems” principle.
Wang Zhimin, the director of the Chinese Liaison Office in the MSAR, urged the city to maintain its optimism about the development prospects of the country and of Macau, and to join hands for the sustainable development of the city.
Wang added that: “people from different sectors should continue to uphold a patriotic spirit toward the country and to Macau, and jointly build Macau as a better and more prosperous home for all.”