And Now The Brits Are Coming To Macau

The British Business Association of Macau (BBAM) opened a representational office in Macau Thursday that aims to be the “starting point” for new business opportunities and provide support for the British business community.

Henry Brockman, the chairman of the association, said that there were currently some 40 British companies in Macau, or which had string business interests in the United Kingdom, with main areas of activity being telecommunications, aviation and real estate.

Brockman said that in terms of exports the United Kingdom sold products to Macau in 2006 worth a total ?21 million and that indicators “point to growth over the next few years.”

“With this office, we will have a permanent meeting place, which will focus new opportunities and be a place to exchange information that is useful to the business community,” he said, noting that locally-based British businesspeople “are interested in areas such as the environment, making use of advanced technology from the United Kingdom.”

The association’s new office, located in the Macau Business Support Centre (MBSC) of the Macau Trade and Investment promotion Institute (IPIM), was opened in the presence of the head of the Macau government, Edmund Ho, the economy secretary, Francis Tam, and the British consul-general to Hong Kong and Macau, Stephen Bradley.

The British Business Association of Macau was set up in 2006 with the aim of promoting and representing British business and trade interests in Macau and the region, and acts as a bridge between the government and local British businesspeople in order to create business opportunities and set up contacts.

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Macau Waiting To Start Land Reclamation Projects

The government is waiting for approval from the central government in Beijing to begin works on the reclamation land projects which are expected to total an area of around five square kilometers.

The secretary for transport and public works, Lau Si Io, said the project plan is based on that of 2006, which the local government handed to the central government for appraisal and approval, which has now entered the final stage.

These land reclamation projects proposed by the local government will ease the pressure of land shortage in the SAR and enhance living condition. The SAR government had recently submitted five land reclamation projects to the central government, the total area of which amounted to five square kilometres.

Due to previous reclamation along the coastline, ’s total land area has grown from 11.6 square kilometres in 1912, when measurements were first taken, to 28.6 square kilometres, while its population has risen to 530,000, according to the latest official statistics.

He also pointed out that the government needs to work out a more detailed law of land approving, enhancing the transparency of the procedure, so that more people can benefit from the future land development.

Meanwhile, Chan Chak Seng, vice president of the Cultural Institute, said that the reclamation projects will help protect ’s World Heritage sites, many of which locate in the densely populated old city district.

With the construction of more residential buildings on the newly reclaimed areas, the population density of the old city district can be lowered, which will help create a better environment for the protection of those cultural heritage sites, Chan said.

Ever since 2002, when the central government issued new regulations on the nation’s seas, only one reclamation project submitted by the SAR government, the Zhuhai- cross border industrial area, has been approved by the central government.

The neighbouring Guangdong province has also planned to reclaimed 146 square kilometres of land from the sea, according to a newly released provincial government document.

Under the United Nations maritime treaty, China governs about three million square kilometres of sea area.

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