Vice Premier Han Zheng has met on Sunday morning in Beijing with the delegation of Macau deputies to the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) – the Central Government’s top advisory body – and expressed three hopes for the SAR, among which was assisting the Macau Government in the amendment work of the city’s gaming law.
Mr Han said he hoped the SAR the society can fully cooperate with the authorities’’ epidemic prevention and control efforts; support the SAR’s governance in accordance with the law, and do a good job in amending the gaming law; and actively promote the city’s integration into the country’s development projects, while speeding up the construction of the Guangdong-Macau In-depth Cooperation Zone in Hengqin, CPPCC delegates told public service broadcaster TDM.
Macau CPPCC delegate Chui Sai Cheong said the Vice Premier noted that the gaming law amendment draft is aimed at ensuring that the city’s main industry develops in a healthier way. It is believed that with the joint efforts of Government, legislators and the society, the law amendment process can be successful, said Mr Chui, who is also Vice President of the Macau Legislative Assembly.
The gaming law amendment bill was approved at first reading by the Legislative Assembly and is now being reviewed article-by-article by the legislature’s Second Standing Committee.
Another Macau CPPCC deputy who is also a local legislator, Ho Ion Sang, quoted Mr Han as saying that the society should cooperate with the Government in the amendment process of the gaming law. With the moderate and healthy development of the casino industry and a proactive involvement in the national development projects as well as speeding up the construction of the In-depth Cooperation Zone in Hengqin, Macau can accelerate the diversification of its economy.
Macau’s epidemic prevention and control efforts were praised, but Han Zheng, who is also a member of the seven-strong Communist Party’s Politburo Standing Committee, urged the city not to lower its guard, Mr Ho added, as quoted by TDM.
Han Zheng met on Sunday morning with CPPCC delegates from both the Macau and Hong Kong.
The annual “Two Sessions” of the CPPCC and the National People’s Congress kicked off in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People on the 4thand 5thof March respectively.