The Macao Government has set up a Committee to Strengthen the integration of the Special Administrative Region with Chinese Development.

An Executive Order Published today in the Macao Gazette said that the “Committee for Integrating into National Development” will be responsible for the Short, Medium and Long term strategy behind Macao’s Participation, as well as “Contribute to the Belt & Road Initiative and the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.”

According to the Executive Order signed by Chief Executive Ho Iat Seng, the committee will also be responsible for conducting research for advancing Macao’s positioning as a world centre of tourism and leisure, a commercial and trade cooperation service platform between China and Portuguese Speaking Countries and a multiple-culture exchange base with an emphasis on Chinese Culture.

The committee will also contribute to policy formulation and the implementation of relevant strategies and measures.

Ho Iat Seng is the Committee Chairman. Secretaries for Administration and Justice; Economy and Finance; Social Affairs and Culture; Security and Transport and Public Works will seat in the committee with the Commissioner-General of the Unitary Police Service; the Director-General of the Macao Customs Service; the Director of the Policy Research and Regional Development Bureau among others.

According to the executive order, “the committee may set up several task forces in order to carry out work that comes within the scope of its duties.”

The new committee took over the role played by four previous committees related to the construction of Macao as a World Centre for Tourism and Leisure, a Service Platform for Commercial Cooperation between China and the Portuguese-speaking Countries, a participant in “One Belt, One Road” and in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area.