Public market law to launch next year with new price app and renovation measures

By Therese Tu

The ‘Public Market Management Regulation’ law will be implemented on January 1 next year, with a ‘Market Connect’ mobile phone app and new measures of public market planning and maintenance to be advanced, Chinese language newspaper Macau Daily reported.

the “Market Connect” APP will be launched in 2022 and publish daily food prices in various public markets to enhance market price transparency.

Currently, the “Macao Price Information Station” app provided by the Consumer Council (CC) publishes all types of price information in Macau, containing fuel prices and prices of products in the supermarket and public market.

Starting from January 1 next year, market vendors will be required to use decimal price tags to show the the price of fresh food.

Decimal pricing is useful for creating pricing amounts that are not whole numbers.

The Municipal Affairs Bureau (IAM) will also carry out maintenance and modification projects in the Red Market, adding air-conditioning equipment and barrier-free facilities.

Vendors in the Red Market will be moved to a temporary market in Patane to continue their operations.

IAM announced in 2020 it would start the Red Market renovation due to the obsolescence of its equipment, and the difficulties faced by elderly and disabled residnets when visiting the market. 

However, because the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak in Macau, the government has repeatedly postponed the arrangements for the renovation. 

On May 6, 2021, Secretary for Administration and Justice André Cheong Weng Chon, announced that the renovation of Edifício do Mercado Vermelhot will start in the first quarter of 2022.

The IAM also plans to maintain the Mercado Municipal Horta da Mitra (Cho Tsai Yuen Market), re-planning the layout of the market and reorganizing the vendors outside the market.

Meanwhile, the second phase of maintenance of the Taipa Market will be carried out, including adjustment of the location and number of vendors, improvement the drainage system, expansion of the public corridors, and adding barrier-free toilets.

IAM will gradually advance the lottery for transferring the licenses of vendors to a leasing system and signing new lease contracts with market vendors.