He will replace Paulo Martins Chan, who announced his departure last week, after almost five years in the role.
Macau.- Adriano Ho will be confired as new the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ) director on June 10.
Lei Wai Nong, Macau’s Secretary for Economy and Finance, confirmed the transition date in a statement delivered to local press.
“Regulating the gaming industry is a persistent work for the government, it is not future tense. No matter who is the DICJ director, we’ll continue with our regulation as usual to ensure healthy development of the gaming industry,” Lei said.
He also made it clear that the casino tender process, scheduled for 2022, is going to continue as planned.
“The authority of making decisions about the gaming law [is] in the hands of the Chief Executive and the five Secretaries. The DICJ’s job is mostly to execute our decisions and policies.”
The move could seen as a sign that the DICJ will be working more closely with Macau’s security operations, as Ho was previously working as an advisor for the Secretary for Security.
“We may speculate that the Macau government may be considering to change the entire gaming industry regulatory and inspection affairs from the supervision of… the Economy and Finance [portfolio] into… Security [portfolio],” attorney Pedro Cortés said in comments made to the International Association of Gaming Advisors (IAGA).