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Former and present CE highlight political reform

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The present and former Chief Executives (CE) of Macau yesterday highlighted the importance of political reform and called for positive participation by the public in the democratic drive.
During a conference held in the Central Liaison Office in Avenida da Amizade, Fernando Chui Sai On said political reform is of vital importance for Macau’s long-term and stable development; learning from the experience of the first round of political reform public consultation, the government has reinforced its efforts in promotion of the reform initiative and extension of channels to collect public views, hoping to attract more people to participate in the 45-days consultation campaign and try to reach a consensus over the changes for selecting CE and forming the Legislative Assembly (AL).
Chui, however, did not address details of the reform such as flaws in the consultation mechanism and number of members to add to the CE selection committee and AL. The former CE, Edmund Ho, stressed that the political reform is the most important political mission of Macau this year, because the change is not limited to quantity but also quality as more democratic elements are being added to the political system. He expected more contradictions and competitions in the society as local politics become more democratic, but he urged different walks and sectors of the society to serve the welfare of the city as a whole rather than striving for personal interests.
Speaking at the same occasion, Bai Zhijian, director of the Chinese Liaison Office in Macau, urged the city to maintain its momentum in economic development and build a sustainable mechanism for further progress.
The conference was held to summarize the spirit of the 5th plenary session of the National People’s Congress and Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference held earlier this month in Beijing, in which Macau deputies also participated. During the two hour conference attended by the CEs and the major government officials, as well as Macau NPC and CPPCC deputies, Chui and other speakers also put the emphasis on economic and social issues, pledging to improve people’s livelihood, and implement necessary measures to help them cope with high inflations.
Another focal point is to make use of the Hengqin Development Zone and expand cooperation with neighboring regions to diversify the local economy which is heavily reliant on the gaming industry. Chui stressed Hengqin would provide many precious opportunities for small and medium sized enterprises, especially in the areas of Chinese medicines and creative industries. He said the huge project would also serve to help build Macau as a world travel and leisure hub.                      

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