EC: Firmly adhere to the aspirations of the “two sessions” and the instructions of the central government
MACAO, March 15 – Chief Executive Mr. Ho Iat Seng said today that the government of the Macau Special Administrative Region (SARM) will fully respect the aspirations and spirit of the “two sessions”, as well as the instructions of the central government leaders, in order to better pursue the development of the MSAR.
Mr. Ho made the remarks during a briefing held in Macao to share information on the policies and aspirations outlined at the “two sessions” recently concluded in Beijing, namely the meetings of, respectively, the National People’s Congress (NPC) and the Chinese People’s Political Assembly. Consultative Conference (CCPPC).
The Chief Executive called on the representatives of the Macau government to pay close attention to the aspirations set out in the “two sessions” and to be resolute respectively in the implementation of the “one country, two systems” principle; “People of Macau governing Macau”; and the enjoyment of a great deal of autonomy. Adhering to these principles would help Macau advance its work, Ho added.
Ho also called on officials to be firm in their belief in the “one country, two systems” principle, giving greater play to its benefits. This would in turn strengthen the consistent implementation of this principle in Macao.
Ho said President Xi Jinping made a series of important remarks on the country’s development during the “two sessions”; and Premier Li Keqiang illustrated the important steps and planning needed to move the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area forward. In meetings involving CPPCC members from Hong Kong and Macao and NPC delegates from Macao respectively, Vice Premier Han Zheng also gave important instructions regarding Macao’s development.
The country’s care and support for Macau, along with the instructions provided by state leaders, have paved a clear path for the city to move forward, Ho added.
During the briefing, Ho shared with Macao government officials four points of understanding the “two sessions.”
The first point underlined by the Chief Executive was: the need for an unwavering effort to ensure the implementation of “Patriots Governing Macao” and the safeguarding of the central government‘s overall jurisdiction over Macao.
For the first time, the principle of “patriots governing Macao” was mentioned in the central government‘s work report submitted to the NPC, Ho noted. It illustrated the central government’s determination and confidence in the maintenance of the “one country, two systems” principle. This was also a new requirement raised by the central government at present. The Macau government would firmly adhere to “Patriots Governing Macau”, to ensure that political power and governing power were firmly in the hands of patriots.
The Macao government would resolutely preserve the overall jurisdiction of the central government over Macao and work in accordance with the Constitution of the People’s Republic of China and the Basic Law of Macao. Further efforts would be made to fulfill the MSAR’s constitutional responsibility in terms of safeguarding the country’s sovereignty, security and development interests; and to appropriately optimize the legal system and the implementation mechanisms relating to safeguarding national security.
The second point shared with officials by the Chief Executive was: the need for a relentless effort to coordinate social and economic recovery and to maintain epidemic control measures, while stepping up adequate economic diversification. The Macau government will step up its epidemic control efforts, to ensure that this work is carried out in a scientific manner.
The MSAR government would continue to pursue stable economic development with modest progress, until the end of 2022. Efforts would be made to ensure the implementation of planned policies and initiatives and to strive for progress in adequate economic diversification.
Ho stressed the importance of promoting the “big health industry”, with research and development related to traditional Chinese medicine as an entry point; modern financial services; high and new technology industries; and cultural tourism, congresses and exhibitions, sports and commercial and commercial industries, while maintaining a healthy development of the gaming and tourism sector. These industries would promote the vitality and competitiveness of the local economy; stimulate economic recovery; and help achieve a breakthrough in what had been an unfavorable situation.
The third point mentioned by Ho was Macao’s need to proactively advance the development of the Guangdong-Macao Intensive Cooperation Zone in Hengqin and integrate into overall national development.
The Chief Executive stressed the importance of the work on the cooperation area, and that it be carried out in coordination with the original objective of helping to diversify Macao’s economy, and in accordance with the four positions Macao’s strategies. The Macao government should proactively promote innovation in institutions, mechanisms and systems related to the development of the cooperation area, so as to encourage greater participation in it among the Macao public.
The fourth point highlighted by Mr. Ho was: the need to improve people’s livelihoods and strengthen work related to youth affairs. The Macau government will pursue a series of social initiatives related to education, health care, social security and wealth participation. Work would be carried out to secure employment for local residents and the policy of the “five rung housing ladder”. Further efforts would be made to optimize public infrastructure; the health system; provision of social services; protection of the basic standard of living of disadvantaged groups; responding to the needs of the elderly; and promoting the social development of women and children.
Mr. Ho stressed the need to nurture a next generation of Macaus who are passionate about their country, have an international outlook and are aware of development in the new era. These elements were essential to maintain a steady and successful implementation of the “One Country, Two Systems” principle in Macau.
CPPCC National Committee Vice Chairman Ho Hau Wah also delivered a speech at today’s briefing. He called for the unity and diligence of the Macao community, in order to respond to the challenges and opportunities facing Macao.
Vice President Ho called on participants to work to safeguard the central government’s overall jurisdiction over Macau; and to do so in alignment with the central government. He also called on them to support the law-based governance of the Chief Executive and Government of MSAR; and persist unswervingly in the principle of “patriots governing Macau”. Only through concerted efforts can Macau overcome challenges and adversity; maintaining social stability; focus on post-pandemic economic recovery; and ensure the regular implementation of the “One Country, Two Systems” principle in Macau.
Vice President Ho said he was confident that Macao would work towards the goals and aspirations set out in the “two sessions”, to herald – through concrete actions – the successful opening of the 20th Congress National Party of the Chinese Communist Party.
MRAS Central People’s Government Liaison Office Director Mr. Fu Ziying said in his speech at today’s briefing that the Liaison Office will work in accordance with the plans of the central government; resolutely support the law-based governance of the Chief Executive and Government of Macao; and put more effort into engaging with the community. All these efforts were aimed at ensuring and advancing the steady implementation of the “One Country, Two Systems” principle in Macao.
Fu also shared his thoughts on improving public awareness of the country’s and Macau’s achievements, with a view to boosting public confidence in their development prospects.
The Macao community should step up efforts to grasp the development opportunities presented by the country and support the law-based governance of Macao’s chief executive and government, Fu added.