Macau’s new government: Lei Wai Nong, to oversee casino industry

Lei Wai Nong is the new Secretary for Economy and Finance
Lei Wai Nong is the new Secretary for Economy and Finance

In a press conference, Ho Iat Seng introduced his 10 ministers

Macau.- The new members of the government were officially presented this week. Incoming Chief Executive, Ho Iat Seng, introduced in a press conference his 10 ministers. The new government will take office next 20 December.

Lei Wai Nong is going to take the place of Lionel Leong as Secretary for Economy and Finance, and consequently, will be the man in charge of overseeing Macau’s casino industry. Among Lei’s most important tasks once taking office will be the finalisation and implementation of re-tendering for Macau’s gaming concessionaires. Their licenses expire in 2022. 

According to local press, Lei spoke at the press conference and acknowledged that the gaming industry involves various interests, but he will put the needs of Macau people first when it comes to the gaming sector. Lei expects that problems will occur in the next gaming concession, but said he will not delay the handling of the case. Lei’s first task will be to review the practical experience of Macau’s gaming industry.

As he stated, his main goals will be “promoting the sustainable development of the city’s economy, advancing economic diversification, and enhancing Macau’s overall competitiveness by making better use of the city’s strategic position as a ‘Centre and Platform’ and by strengthening Macau’s roles in the ‘Belt and Road’ initiative.”

The other nine principal officials will be Mr Cheong Weng Chon as Secretary for Administration and Justice; Mr Wong Sio Chak as Secretary for Security; Ms Ao Ieong Iu as Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture; Mr Raimundo do Rosário as Secretary for Transport and Public Works; Mr Chan Tsz King as Commissioner Against Corruption; Mr Ho Veng On as Commissioner of Audit; Mr Leong Man Cheong as Commissioner General of the Unitary Police Service; Mr Vong Man Chong as Director-General of the Macao Customs Service; and Mr Ip Son Sang as Public Prosecutor-General.

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