TEXT Courtesy of the Macao Special Administrative Region government
ADMINISTRATION AND JUSTICE
Looking to the year ahead, deepening public administration reform will remain the major task in the area of administration and justice. We will promote e-governance as an entry point for public administration reform, to facilitate e-services development for commonly used public services.
We will review the functions and related legal system regulating public funds; improve the systems for ranking, recruiting and training civil servants; review the regulations on the powers and responsibilities of management-level officials; optimise civil servant management; and strengthen civil servants’ service awareness.
Meanwhile, we will continue enhancing the effectiveness of the legislative coordination mechanism, and prioritise legislation work that is closely related to people’s livelihoods and social and economic affairs. We will intensify the promotion of the Constitution, the Basic Law, and the laws and regulations for safeguarding national security, enabling the public to fully understand the social and practical significance of “One country, two systems”, thus proactively safeguard national sovereignty, safety and development interests.
To build a healthy city is another important task in the area of administration and justice. We will strengthen the inspection, dredging and maintenance of the drainage network, and develop new green leisure walkways in Islands District.
To normalise disease prevention, we will continue strengthening inspection and quarantine of refrigerated and frozen food, to prevent food contaminated by the novel coronavirus from entering Macao. We will also continue improving wet market management, to establish a new image for wet markets that are clean and tidy with transparent pricing.
- Improving power and responsibility system and departmental structure
- Comprehensively deepening the development of e-governance
- Enhancing civil servant management and training
- Establishing a system to optimise inter-departmental collaboration Facilitating the seventh Legislative Assembly election
- Ensuring effectiveness of legislative coordination
- Facilitating legislation in major areas
- Continue reviewing existing laws
- Exploring new strategies for effectively raising legal awareness
- Promoting regional and international exchanges
- Facilitating municipal development and improving the urban environment
- Strengthening food safety supervision in concert with epidemic-control effort
- Optimising wet market regulation and facility management
- Beautifying urban environment and increasing leisure spaces
- Enhancing quality and quantity of urban greenery
ECONOMY AND FINANCE
Our goals in the area of economy and finance are to stabilise the economy, safeguard employment, care for people’s livelihoods, expand domestic demand, and integrate into the country’s overall economic cycle. Our strategic policies are to protect and stimulate major market vitality, maintain financial and monetary stability, promote adequate economic diversification, protect local residents’ employment, improve and create an environment to enhance the driving force of tourism and convention and exhibition industries, and participate in the establishment of the Guangdong-Macao Intensive Cooperation Zone in Hengqin.
Fiscal and financial policy
- Implement vigorous fiscal policies, and allocate 18.5 billion patacas to boost domestic demand;
- Implement austerity measures to control public expenditure while ensuring people’s livelihoods and social welfare are unaffected;
- Facilitate legislative process regarding the public procurement system, in phases; and
- Maintain financial security and stability.
Tourism and gaming
- Deepen “Tourism Plus” crossover, to foster the development of smart tourism and quality tourism;
- Perfect laws and regulations related to gaming; and
- Strengthen monitoring of the gaming industry by using high-technology.
Employment and micro, small and medium-sized enterprises
- Introduce quotas for 60,000 paid training positions, to enhance the skills of local employees and maintain stable employment;
- Follow up regarding the formulation of the Trade Union Law and other labour-related regulations, to safeguard workers’ rights and interests; and Popularise mobile payment and application of technology among small and medium-sized enterprises, to improve the quality of goods and services.
Adequate economic diversification
- Enhance support for innovation and technology, to facilitate adequate economic diversification;
- Make good use of the beneficial measures offered by the country, to strengthen Macao’s modern financial industry;
- Develop the traditional Chinese medicine industry, in accordance with the Chinese patent medicine registration and supervision system; and
- Explore business opportunities and driving forces for development of the convention and exhibition industry.
- Seize opportunities to actively participate in the development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong- Macao Greater Bay Area and the Guangdong-Macao Intensive Cooperation Zone in Hengqin; and
- Through regional cooperation, integrate into the country’s overall economic cycle.
A platform between China and Portuguese-speaking countries
- Follow up regarding the Sixth Ministerial Meeting of the Forum for Economic and Trade Co-operation between China and Portuguese-speaking Countries; and
- Develop digital commerce between China and Portuguese-speaking countries and cross-border electronic commerce.
Youth and livelihoods
- Support youth entrepreneurship, innovation and employment; and
- Ensure a stable supply of basic commodities.
The Government actively participates in developing a system to safeguard national security and enforce the new Civil Protection Law. We will enhance the effectiveness of public safety governance through consistent and efficient law enforcement, progressively construction of a smart policing system, deepening of the modern policing model, and improvements to various systems and measures, to consolidate further protection for Macao’s security and safety.
Overall national security
- Establish a national security law enforcement unit, improve the enforcement mechanism, and develop long-term planning; and
- Strengthen publicity and education, and actively address risks, to ensure overall safety.
Proactive law enforcement
- Study and analyse research data, promote forward-looking deployment, and strengthen precautionary and preventive measures; and
- Deepen coordination in the Greater Bay Area, pay attention to hazards and risks, and initiate legislation and control.
Civil protection innovation
- Restructure the Unitary Police Service, implement civil protection laws and legal system and joint defence planning; and
- Continue promoting smart civil protection, strengthen publicity and drills, and enhance the effectiveness of collaboration.
Tough but caring management
- Improve internal and external supervision, promote caring management, and enhance team recognition; and
- Provide up-to-date training, conduct high-quality seminars, and promote innovative policing.
- Expedite construction and initial applications required to facilitate smart policing; and
- Optimise the distribution of “Sky Eye” CCTV system, strengthen cybersecurity management, and make good use of the marine surveillance system.
Joint force between the police and the public
- Actively listen to opinions, promote positive interactions, and perfect implementation in detail; and
- Optimise police public relations, and attach importance to the relationship between the police and journalists, to enhance the effectiveness of cooperation.
Border crossing facilitation
- Facilitate border crossing clearance at Qingmao checkpoint, and optimise the clearance process at Hengqin Port, to relieve pressure on border crossing clearance; and
- Strive to complete legal amendments, to ensure border crossing security, and continue providing convenient public services.
Cooperation in correctional services
- Continue strengthening prison administration, strictly enforce personnel discipline, and optimise the correctional services ranking system; and
- Promote prison projects, strengthen security management, and strive to facilitate social rehabilitation.
Financial law enforcement
- Evaluate movements of funds in a timely manner, and strengthen public-private cooperation, to spare no effort in preventing and combating money laundering; and
- Expand exchanges and cooperation, make accurate use of information, and achieve efficient law enforcement.
SOCIAL AFFAIRS AND CULTURE
The Government will prioritise social stability, emphasise “consolidation with revitalisation”, and improve people’s livelihoods in the area of social affairs and culture. We will insist on “making progress while ensuring stability” to make concerted efforts in development and lay a solid foundation for Macao’s prosperity and stability, through healthcare, education and youth development, social welfare, social security, and culture and sports.
Normalise epidemic prevention and control
- Reinforce regional joint prevention and control;
- Plan and construct a sanitation and quarantine station at the Qingmao checkpoint;
- Develop a region-specific and multi-level disease prevention and control proposal; and
- Prepare for a contingency mobile cabin hospital.
Public facility construction
- The first multi-service centre for patients with dementia will commence operation;
- Strive to complete the interior construction of the Seac Pai Van Health Centre, Coloane;
- Implement preliminary arrangements for the operation of the Islands District Medical Complex;
- Expedite the design of the new Macao Central Library;
- Complete the design of the black box theatre in Macao Cultural Centre; and
- Develop a management model for commencing operation of Mong-Ha Sports Centre.
Optimise education and talent cultivation
- Launch the Medium-to-Long Term Plan for Non-tertiary Education (2021-2030);
- Promulgate the Macao Youth Policy (2021-2030);
- Implement smart campus construction;
- Coordinate tertiary institutions to increase the proportion of admission of students from mainland China;
- Promote application and transformation of technological achievements; and
- Continue implementing the Continuing Education Programme.
Improve effectiveness of social services through technology
- Introduce an artificial intelligence assistive speech therapeutic system for children;
- Formulate smart retirement plans for senior citizen housing;
- Introduce advanced identification technology for proof of life; and
- Refine the Non-Mandatory Central Provident Fund electronic system.
Development of culture and sports
- Host “Art Macao: 2021 International Art Biennial of Macao”;
- Partially revitalise and open up regions of the former Iec Long Firecracker Factory site, in phases;
- Present the first batch of cultural industry awards;
- Organise participation in various major multi-sport events; and
- Organise the “U20 Futsal Football Invitation for Sino-Portuguese Speaking Countries and Regions”.
TRANSPORT AND PUBLIC WORKS
Policy implementation regarding transport and public works will be guided by the principle of serving the public and striving to satisfy the public’s needs. The Government will devote its greatest efforts to public housing, transport, environmental protection, urban planning, urban renewal and public infrastructure.
- Announce the summary report of the public consultation on Macao’s Urban Development Master Plan;
- Facilitate follow up work on the Legal System Governing Urban Renewal;
- Implement land management in accordance with the Land Law; and
- Facilitate the legislative process for enacting the Law on Use of Maritime Areas.
Public work investment
- Expedite construction of the fourth Macao- Taipa cross-harbour bridge;
- Expedite construction of public housing units;
- Proceed with construction of the LRT system, according to the schedule; and
- Complete construction of the new Guangdong-Macao border crossing.
- Fully allocate newly completed and renovated public housing units to eligible families in the 2017 scheme; and
- Complete the preliminary screening and computerised ballot drawing for the three Home-Ownership Scheme housing projects (3,011 units) in the New Urban Zone Area A, and compile the priority list.
- Launch the Macao Road Traffic and Transport Planning Study (2021-2030);
- Optimise bus services operated through contracts that recently came into effect;
- Continue constructing the walking route network, to encourage green commuting; and
- Expedite implementation of the Master Development Plan for Macau International Airport.
- Promote sorting and recycling through multiple channels, and perfect and expand community recycling networks;
- Deepen kitchen waste reduction and recycling, and facilitate on-site kitchen waste treatment in hotels with suitable conditions;
- Implement improvement work at wastewater effluent black spots along the coast of Macao; and
- Continue expanding and optimising the weather and air quality monitoring network.
Public supplies management
- Complete the main project for increasing the capacity of Ka Ho Reservoir;
- Commence construction of the cross-harbour natural gas pipeline network; and
- Review and reformulate tiered pricing for electricity, and the pricing scheme of the public charging service for electric vehicles.
COMMISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION
The seventh Legislative Assembly election of the Macao Special Administrative Region will be held in 2021. The Commission Against Corruption (CCAC) will perform its function of monitoring the Legislative Assembly election in accordance with the law, devote its full effort to combat vote-buying, and adopt a multi-pronged approach to maintaining a clean election.
Bribery prevention to build a corruption-free society
- Together with the long-term anti-corruption publicity campaign, promote clean elections through various channels; and
- Continue with various integrity education activities, to raise integrity awareness in families, schools and the community.
Anti-corruption and monitoring of use of public funds
- Establish an anti-bribery group, set up an online platform and hotline for reporting vote-buying, and monitor highrisk bribery venues; and
- Continue cracking down on bribery in the public and private sectors, and fraud related to public funds.
Integrated review and departmental collaboration
- Encourage the public to report complaints using real names;
- Implement the reinvestigation mechanism and review the Corruption-free Management Programme;
- Promote cooperation with audit departments on specific regulatory scopes involving public assets; and
- Facilitate cross-departmental collaboration in handling complaints to the ombudsman.
Exchanges with Greater Bay Area to broaden horizons
- With regard to the development plan of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and Macao’s development positioning of “One Centre, One Platform, One Base”, strengthen in-depth communication and exchanges with the National Supervisory Commission and relevant executive authorities of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area; and
- Optimise information technology to support the country in deliberations by the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC).
Systems creation, consolidation and innovation
- Cooperate with the development of electronic public administration, and establish a CCAC electronic case filing system;
- Introduce online appointments for reporting complaints in person and submitting property and interest declaration forms, for the convenience of the public;
- Attach great importance to training staff regarding professional knowledge and skills; and
- Review the legal system regarding organisational structure, and the organisation and operation of the commission, and strive to propose legislation and amendments to laws in a timely manner.
COMMISSION OF AUDIT
In 2021, the Commission of Audit (CA) will closely follow the Government’s policy vision and uphold the principles of working independently and conducting audit in accordance with the law, to ensure government accounts are compiled in compliance with the law and regulations. The CA will focus on the implementation of major policies, and strive to expand the breadth and depth of auditing and supervision.
Audit and “Auditor Office”
- According to the Budget Framework Law and the requirements and practice of its related regulations, and its implementation during the previous fiscal year, the Commission of Audit will again review the workflow of audit and optimise the details of each item of work.
- The Commission of Audit will comprehensively examine and operate the upgraded and modified “Auditor Office (Macao version)”, and make good use of all functions of the system.
Performance audit and special audit
- The Commission of Audit will encourage public departments to optimise the use of public resources through different audit projects, to avoid wastage of public resources, improve performance and enhance transparency. The CA will reveal potential risks and urge related sectors to face up to their duties, to effectively solve problems and enhance the quality of public services.
Promoting optimal use of public resources
- The Commission of Audit will continue to promote deepening the audit culture and awareness of conserving resources through the “Fundamental Training Programme for Civil Servants”, and hold seminars for public departments on “Introduction to Audit Culture”, in order to strengthen two-way communications and exchanges of opinions.
- The Commission of Audit will strengthen internal training to improve staff capabilities regarding information technology and macro policy analysis.
Exchanges on auditing work
- The Commission of Audit will participate in international audit conferences and exchange activities in accordance with established arrangements, and apply new knowledge in its daily operations.