Portfolio of Kimberly Johans

A collection of articles created during my stint as a journalist at The Macau Daily Times

Macau to become a little more Britain

Posted by Kimberly on June 16, 2007

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
June 16, 2007, page 5 (475 words)

The British Consulate in Hong Kong is expected to announce the inauguration of a British Residents Association within the next two weeks.
In a speech given recently at a reception to mark the Queen’s birthday, Mr Stephen Bradley, British Consul-General to Macau, said “We’ve been trying to figure out how many there are and of course we don’t exactly know but we hear the number’s growing very fast.
“We believe there may be as many as 500 British residents now in Macau,” said adding that the inauguration of the Residents Association would “ help that communication and especially assistance to new arrivals here in Macau. That will be very welcome when it happens.”
Chief Executive Edmund Ho Hau Wah added that he looked forward to a very promising future.
“We are very pleased to have a bigger and more active British presence in Macau and looking at this, it is extremely encouraging,” he said.
Mr Bradley added that volunteers has already been arranged for the committee.
“This is a community thing,” he said.
Asked to expand on the concept of the Residents Association, Mr Glenn McCartney, Honorary British Consul in Macau said, “the Residency Association can also be a community-based association not just for British settlers but also working with the community.
“We’re working here, living here and contributing to society, whatever that may be. Why not? My rule is to give back to the community,” he said.
“The British presence is now gone to over 500 so we need an association that can deal with more residency issues so I can focus on more consular issues,” he said.
Asked what the British Consul was doing to encourage British residents to come to Macau to live and work, Mr Bradley said, “It’s not our job to kind of push people in any direction. They must make their decision for their own business reasons,” but added that up until a year and a half ago, there had been no trade missions by British businessmen to Macau.
“But in the last 18 months or so, we’ve already had three trade missions. We can help organise and to some extent support financially, British business people to come out and see what opportunities there are.
“So in that sense we are actively trying to draw people’s attention to Macau,” he said.
With such potential for greater activity within the British community in Macau, an Honorary Consul presence in Macau may no longer be sufficient.
The increase in trade missions to Macau has established a need and the subsequent creation of a body to deal particularly with these issues.
The introduction of a Residents Association in Macau separate to the role of the Honorary Consul is further evidence that perhaps a more permanent presence is required. But according to Mr Bradley, this is unlikely to change any time soon.


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