Paulo Martins Chan possible replacement for Leong Vai Tac

Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau director Paulo Martins Chan has been speculated as one of the possible candidates for the next Secretary of Economy and Finance of Macau, local media reports.

Chan would be operating under the leadership of Ho Iat Seng, who was sworn in as Macau’s chief executive less than two months ago. Sources said that the announcement of the new government to take place in the first few weeks of November. 

According to Macau News, the general opinion holds that Mr. Ho needs a new and different government from his predecessor, Fernando Chui Sai On. 

“The government of [Fernando] Chui Sai On was weak and will not be missed. You can’t replace just a few secretaries. All must be replaced,” said a senior manager of a Macau company to Macau News. “The last 10 years of Macau are to be forgotten and this is not only due to one or another secretary or even the Chief Executive. We must make up for lost time with a new team.”

Besides Paulo Martins Chan, other candidates speculated to take the position includes Lee Peng Hong, who was chairman of the Macau Institute for Trade and Investment Promotion (IPIM) as well as Anton Tai Kin Ipt, the current director of Economic Services.

The new government will take office at a ceremony held on December 20 this year, which will be attended by Chinese President Xi Jinping.