On the afternoon of March 18, the Liaison Office of the Central Government in Macau held a special meeting to convey the spirit of the national “Two Sessions” conferences held in Beijing. In attendance were the city’s political and business elite. Speeches were delivered by: Edmund Ho, Vice Chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, Fernando Chui, Chief Executive of Macau, Fu Ziying, Director of the Liaison Office, Ho Iat Seng, President of the Legislative Assembly and leader of the Macau delegation to the 13 th National People’s Congress, of which he is a member of the Standing Committee, and Ma Iao Lai, member of the Standing Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.
Edmund Ho said he was confident that Macau would do well in electing the SAR’s next government, as the people would have the wisdom and capacity to elect a chief executive who fully meets the job qualifications set by the central government and who has the required resolution and responsibility to do the job. He also said he believed that the current government would continue to work actively to assist the new government and thereby help to realize a smooth transition. The new government and all circles of society would vigorously work to attract talents, building on the past while forging ahead to create an even brighter future, he said. Ho encouraged all sectors of society to face existing “social contradictions” correctly, set the right example in this regard, play their roles, and make a concerted effort in promoting social prosperity and stability. He also encouraged attendees to study and comprehend the spirit of the “Two Sessions” conscientiously and mobilize all available social forces to contribute to the effective implementation of “One Country, Two Systems”.
Fernando Chui said the current government, in accordance with the key directive of “making progress while maintaining stability” set and emphasized by the Two Sessions, would make great efforts to address social priorities, strengthen awareness of the big-picture situation, and do its part in the maintenance of social stability. The government would also, he said, continually adhere to its key goals of developing the economy and improving people’s livelihood to ensure Macao’s sustained healthy development and social harmony and stability. It would also make ongoing efforts to build the Greater Bay Area and practically strengthen Macau’s contribution as central city of the Greater Bay Area. Meanwhile, the government would continue to do its best in the cultivation and education of Macau’s young people.
Fu Ziying said that the priorities facing Macau are: first, push to integrate into the development of the Greater Bay Area and seize the opportunities presented therein, paying particular attention to improving coordination and smoothing institutional differences in the three regions of Guangdong, Hong Kong, and Macau; second, organize various events to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, enabling Macau’s people to have a profound understanding of the country’s great success in development; organize various activities to mark the 20th anniversary of Macau’s return to China and publicize the drastic improvements that have taken place in this time; third, provide active support to realize a smooth transition of the SAR government, and effectively consolidate and develop Macau’s hard-earned good situation; fourth, make joint effort to care for and nurture young talented people loving the country and the SAR; and fifth, work hard to promote Macau’s social harmony and stability.
Ho Iat Seng said that nearly 3,000 delegates attended this year’s National People’s Congress and concluded eight major agenda items, including deliberating and approving the Report on the Work of the Government, deliberating and adopting the draft of the Foreign Investment Law, and deliberating and approving the Report on the Work of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress.
Ma Iao Lai said that, during the Two Sessions, Macau members of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference submitted a total of 70 proposals, covering various subjects such as promoting Macau-Mainland integrated development, advancing national poverty alleviation development and promoting social causes like education, health and culture.
A total of some 500 people attended this meeting, including key officials from the Liaison Office, the Macau government, Macau’s NPC deputies, CPPCC members, and heads of various Chinese enterprises.