According to the new Tobacco Control Law, from 1 January, the list of places where smoking is not permitted also includes all bars, dance halls, saunas and massage parlours. Persons found smoking in these places will be fined 400 patacas.
The Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau announces that the gross revenue from games of chance in December 2014 was 23.282 billion patacas, down 30.4 percent yearon-year – representing the poorest December performance in the recent four years, and the largest decline for a month since the Handover of Macao. In view of large numbers of mainland China visitors coming to Macao, the Public Security Police implements for the first time one-way crowd control measures on Almeida Ribeiro Avenue that last almost three hours, effectively diverting pedestrian traffic.
Chief Executive Chui Sai On visits Zhuhai, and meets with leaders of Zhuhai Municipality to exchange views on enhancing cooperation between Zhuhai and Macao. Chief Executive Chui Sai On meets with leaders of Zhongshan, hoping to elevate cooperation between Zhongshan and Macao to become one of the important facets of Guangdong-Macao cooperation.
The Government suggests increasing mandatory contributions to Social Security Fund from 45 patacas to 90 patacas, with the contribution ratio remaining 2:1 – i.e. 60 patacas by the employer and 30 patacas by the employee. The Judicial Police and the Monetary Authority of Macao arrest two mainland Chinese for illegal deposit-taking via credit union, the first case of its kind in Macao.
The Judicial Police cracks down on the largest prostitution ring discovered since the Handover of Macao. It has been operating for more than one year, and the case involves illegal earnings of at least 400 million patacas. Six people from Macao, mainland China and Hong Kong are arrested in the operation.
Macao ranks first in economic performance among the world’s major cities during 2014, according to a report by the Brookings Institution and JPMorgan Chase.
Chief Executive Chui Sai On leads a delegation of government officials to Beijing, visiting the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the Ministry of Commerce and the National Development and Reform Commission, to discuss Chinese medical cooperation and regional cooperation.
The Heritage Foundation releases its report on the Index of Economic Freedom for 2015, rating Macao as a “mostly free” economy for the seventh consecutive year, and the 34th freest economy among 178 in the world. In Asia Pacific region, Macao is ranked ninth out of 42 economies.
The Health Bureau implements new measures to offer eligible residents a fixed subsidy for receiving treatment at Kiang Wu Hospital or specified clinics.
Chief Executive Chui Sai On visits Guangzhou, to meet the Secretary of the CPC Guangdong Provincial Committee, Hu Chunhua, and the Governor of Guangdong province, Zhu Xiaodan, in order to promote cooperation in policy reform and innovative projects.