After pandemic prevention measures led to two public consultation sessions being cancelled, a third one scheduled for tomorrow (Wednesday) has been cancelled due to Typhoon Kompasu.
Initially scheduled for October 13, on the 5th floor of the World Trade Center, Lotus Room, the session will now be rescheduled to another date and time ‘as soon as possible’, the Gaming Inspection and Co-ordination Bureau (DICJ) added.
The 45-day public consultation on the new gaming law revision was launched on September 15 and is scheduled to last until October 29.
Only the first of four on-site public consultation sessions was held so far, a session reserved for gaming industry representatives on September 20.
Secretary for Economy and Finance Lei Wai Nong previously indicated that authorities will not extend the planned 45-day public consultation for the future gaming law due to the recent pandemic disruption in the city.
The Secretary considered that despite the cancellation of on-site sessions, residents could still submit their opinions to the department via letter or e-mail.
The consultation document identifies the main elements under consideration, namely, social responsibility; non-gaming development; strengthening government supervision and strengthening penalties for violations.
After the gaming law revision is complete authorities will have a maximum of 180 days to present a final report, after which a draft will be submitted to the Legislative Assembly for further discussion.
The current concessions are set to expire in June 2022 but can still be extended. Under current law, Macau’s gaming concessions can each be extended by up to five years.