Radio Taxi awarded special taxi licence

Radio Taxi Macau Taxi Service Ltd. has won the bid for the city’s ‘special taxi licence’, the Transport Bureau (DSAT) announced yesterday. The licence, valid for eight years, entitles the company to run 100 special taxis in the city. The first batch of 50 special taxis could be operational as soon as the first half of 2017, the DSAT said in the statement, adding that the remaining half would be available the following year. The special taxis can only be hailed by telephone, online order or mobile phone application.

CTM vows to fulfil concession contract

Local telecommunications operator Companhia de Telecomunicações de Macau, S.A.R.L. (CTM) vows to fulfil the content of the concession contract signed with the government and has announced its plan to reduce the tariff for Internet services, as reported by Business Daily. With regard to possible compensation that could amount to as much as MOP1 billion (US$125 million) to be paid to CTM by the SAR Government upon possible termination of the concession contract, Vandy Poon, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of CTM, said: “We have no intention of asking for it”.

Beijing Imperial Palace under scrutiny

Beijing Imperial Palace - the doors of which were closed by the Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) on July 23 - has yet to commence work on the property to remedy its condition as it is “delivering requests to the Public Works office to conduct work but they [Beijing Imperial Palace] didn’t complete this part of the process yet,” says MGTO Director Helena de Senna Fernandes. The hotel is facing complaints from travel agencies regarding allegedly unfulfilled contracts for 70,000 hotel rooms booked prior to the hotel’s closure.

Start me up

The Macao Economic Services (DSE) has approved lending of MOP53.7 million (US$6.7 million) to the city’s SMEs and young start-ups in August via four of its financial aid programmes, according to the Bureau’s latest official data Business Daily reported. For the month, local SMEs received MOP46.5 million-worth of loans from the economic department via its three SME aid programmes. Of the total, MOP34.7 million was disbursed under the SME Credit Guarantee Scheme – providing each beneficiary with a credit guarantee equal to 70 per cent of the loan approved by the participating banks. The approved lending in the month was shared by 16 approved applicants.

Macau gets down to business

A delegation of the Permanent Secretariat of the Forum for Economic and Trade Co-operation between China and Portuguese-speaking Countries (Forum Macao) will be present in Xiamen, Fujian Province, on 7 and 9 September to participate in the ‘Macau Week in Xiamen, Fujian and Macau Promotion Dynamics in Xiamen’. Forum Macao’s Permanent Secretariat will be represented in the exhibition area of ​​the International Convention and Exhibition Xiamen by the Pavilion of Portuguese-speaking Countries. The Secretariat will also organize a lecture on business co-operation between Fujian, Macau and Portuguese-speaking countries, as well as other promotional related activities and exchanges.

DICJ launches WeChat account

The Gaming Inspection and Co-ordination Bureau (DICJ) launched its social media application WeChat account today to announce updated information and the news on the city’s gaming industry, according to a press release published by DICJ yesterday. The application will add a new feature for readers subscribing to newsletters so that they can be immediately informed about developments in the world’s biggest gaming jurisdiction. Interested parties can search ‘DICJMacau’ on their WeChat account to subscribe and to follow the latest news released by the Bureau.

Additional lifts for footbridge

New lifts will be installed on the footbridge near Nam Fong Building on Avenida da Amizade near the ZAPE district. The Land, Transport and Public Works Bureau (DSSOPT) received a total of eight bids for the construction works of the new lifts yesterday, according to a report by TDM Chinese Radio yesterday. The construction work is expected to begin as early as the fourth quarter of this year. The maximum duration of work is 210 days. DSSOPT says the construction work will avoid the days when the Macau Grand Prix event is taking place in November. During construction, the footbridge may be closed for one to two days.

New Director for Correctional Services Bureau announced

Cheng Fong Meng has been appointed Acting Director for the Correctional Services Bureau, as announced in the Official Gazette yesterday. His appointment becomes effective September 7, 2016 for one year. Cheng has been temporarily working as the principal for the Judiciary Police School since 2015. Cheng entered public service in 1993, starting as an internship investigator. He was appointed First Superintendence for the Judiciary Police last year.