Chief Executive Chui Sai On and the Mayor of Shenzhen, Xu Qin, attend the ShenzhenMacao Cooperation Conference 2015. Macao and Shenzhen enter into two memoranda of cooperation, regarding the development of Dawan Area and tourism development. Chief Executive Chui Sai On meets the Secretary of CPC Shenzhen Municipal Committee, Ma Xingrui.
Chief Executive Chui Sai On visits Qianhai Exhibition Hall and Shenzhen-Hong Kong Youth Innovation and Entrepreneur Hub.
Chief Executive Chui Sai On meets the Vice Chairman of the National Committee of the CPPCC and Minister of Science and Technology, Wan Gang.
The Macao Light Festival 2015 – Journey of Lights commences. Spectacular lighting shows, lighting art installations and fun interactive games are staged at 11 famous attractions. Parade through Macao, Latin City, is held.
The Office of the Government Spokesperson holds a press conference announcing that according to the Land Law and its related stipulations, the land concession of Pearl Horizon Lot P will be revoked upon its expiry on 25 December 2015.
The Marine and Water Bureau takes back land lots at Pier No. 23 and No.25 at the Inner Harbour, to facilitate the plan for an exclusive public transport route from Barra to Border Gate. The Executive Council concludes the discussion on the draft by-law regarding Amendments to the Organisation and Operations of the Civic Municipal Affairs Bureau, Organisation and Operations of the Cultural Affairs Bureau, and Organisation and Operations of the Sports Bureau. It is suggested that the by-laws come into effect on 1 January 2016. The CCAC announces it has solved a case in which a customs inspector allegedly accepted bribes, and a department head at the Marine and Water Bureau allegedly committed corruption and abuse of power.
The State Council passes an updated map of administrative areas for the Macao Special Administrative Region. It delimits 85 square kilometres of territorial waters and new terrestrial boundaries of Macao. A State Council decree will be promulgated on 20 December, and Macao will take over the maritime and terrestrial boundaries on the same day.
The Legislative Assembly passes under emergency procedures the draft bill on revising tax regulation of motor vehicles, which suggests the average tax rate for motor vehicles be increased from 40 percent to 72 percent, the average tax rate for motorcycles be increased from 24 percent to 50 percent, and cancellation of the tax allowance for passenger vehicles for tourists. There are also transition regulations. The relevant laws will come into effect on 25 December. The Executive Council completes the discussion on the draft by-law regarding Organisation and Operations of Correctional Service Bureau, Organisation and Operations of the Social Welfare Bureau, and Organisation and Operations of the Legal Affairs Bureau. It is suggested that the bills come into effect on 1 January 2016. The Legislative Assembly passes the second reading of the Government Budget for the Fiscal Year 2016. The projected income is 103.2 billion patacas, down 14 percent; the projected expenditure is 85 billion patacas, up 1.5 percent; and the beneficial measures for the public will cost 20.6 billion patacas. A surplus of 14.7 billion patacas for the fiscal year 2016 is expected.
State Council Decree No. 665 is promulgated. It includes an updated map of administrative areas for the Macao Special Administrative Region. Macao takes over administration of 85 square kilometres of territorial waters and 28,000 square metres of land, which were leased from Zhuhai and the site of the Border Gate Checkpoint building. By-laws regarding Amendment to the Organisation and Operation of the Marine and Water Bureau, Regulations on the Navigation of Vessels and the Crew on Board, and System for the Management of Disposal of Dredged Materials at Sea all come into effect simultaneously. A maritime operations command centre and three operational bases of the Macao Customs also commence operations. The Government holds a series of activities to celebrate the 16th anniversary of the establishment of the MSAR. Over 1,000 owners of pre-sold units of Pearl Horizon assemble for a protest. The Government emphasises that it will protect the interests of the pre-sold unit owners according to law, and urges the residents to express their demands in a peaceful way.
Chief Executive Chui Sai On departs for a duty visit to Beijing
Chief Executive Chui Sai On is received by President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang, who fully recognise the work of the Government and pledge their full support to Macao’s economic development and improvement of livelihoods of Macao people. The Law Reform and International Law Affairs Bureau and the Law Reform Consultative Committee conduct a public consultation on revision of the Penal Code regarding sexually related offences.
The Judicial Police announce they have solved the second largest drug trafficking case since the Handover to China. One Turkish national and two Hongkongers, who are members of an international drug trafficking gang, are arrested, and 9.3 kilogrammes of cocaine worth 25 million patacas are seized.