Celebrating 15 years of Macau Basic Law

Friday, March 21, 2008
Issue 289, Page 1 & 2
Word count: 490
Published in: Macau Daily Times

By Poyi (Natalie) Leung

A series of activities and exhibitions will be held to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Macau SAR Basic Law promulgation on March 31.

The commemorative events are organised by the Macau Basic Law Promotion Association, Legal Affairs Bureau (DSAJ), Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau (IACM) and the Education and Youth Affairs Bureau (DSEJ).

A press conference was held at the DSEJ yesterday where details of the commemorative events were introduced.

Deputy secretary-general of the promotion association, Lao Pum Lap, said the way to ensure the effectiveness in the adoption of the Basic Law under a rapid social development was a primary issue in Macau nowadays.

Although the first period of the Basic Law training courses had already begun on March 12, Mr Lao said the organisers would open two more terms in June and September and might also stage special topic seminars as well as workshops so that participants could further strengthen their understanding of the Basic Law.

A commemorative photographic exhibition is now open at the Macao Forum from 10am to 7pm except Mondays.

Two special zones are set up at the gallery according to the time frames.

The first part was on April 13, 1987 when China and Portugal formally signed the Sino-Portuguese Joint Declaration and the drafting work of the Basic Law began in the following year for four and a half years.

The second part shows photographs of Macau during the legal transition stage after the Basic Law was promulgated on March 31, 1993.

Another photographic exhibition displaying changes of Macau since 1844 will also be held in China’s Guizhou Province between April 24 and May 22 after the event being toured around mainland China including Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Hunan, Chongqing, Yunnan and Guangxi.

On March 30, a carnival will be staged at 2.30pm at Tap Seac Square where stage performances, stall games designed by local students, and winning entries of the text messages creation and logo design competitions can be seen.

In addition, an academic seminar attended by experts from the mainland, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau will be held on March 31 at the Macau Tower where topics on understanding the Basic Law and sustainable development under the protection of Basic Law will be discussed.

The organisers have also collaborated with the Post Office to introduce commemorative envelopes and postmark.

Limited stock of envelopes will be given away at the Post Office main branch in Senado starting at 9am on March 31.

People can also bring their own envelopes and stamps for the commemorative postmark service on that day.

Also, a documentary produced by CCTV which is about the development of Macau under the “One Country, Two Systems” policy and the system of high degree of autonomy will be premiered in the academic seminar on March 31.

During the night of the day, the film will be broadcasted nationally in China at 7pm as well as on Macau’s TDM Chinese Channel at 7.45pm.


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