In delivering his New Year message, Chief Executive Chui Sai On this week called for a concerted effort to advance Macau’s overall competiveness, as well as the development of every economic sector.

He also mentioned that Macau had more to do in terms of its integration into the country’s overall development and the implementation of the principle of ‘one country, two systems’.

Recalling his speech last month on the anniversary of the Macau handover to China, Chui pledged to use his final year in office to advance Macau’s involvement in the development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong- Macau Greater Bay Area and the Belt and Road Initiative.

In addition, the government hopes to develop Macau’s strategic roles as a world center of tourism and leisure, and as a commercial and trade cooperation platform between China and Portuguese-speaking countries.

Reviewing the achievements of the government in 2018, Chui pointed out that the special administrative region had maintained social stability, steady public finances, a high rate of employment, and enhanced social well-being. These things had collectively provided a strong foundation for the stability of the city’s economy, and helped maintain momentum in relation to the goal of achieving moderate economic growth.

With the united effort of the community over the past year, the government had been able to improve its work in relation to disaster prevention and mitigation in the city. Such effort had helped Macau to minimize the effects of Typhoon Mangkhut, a powerful storm that struck the city in September.

Chui outlined in his New Year message that protecting the safety of Macau people and their property remained Government priorities.

Finally, on behalf of the government, the Chief Executive extended to the Macau public his sincere good wishes for a prosperous and healthy New Year.