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Wednesday 20 September 2017. 8:30am -
Wednesday 20 September 2017. 10:00am
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Non-Members: HKD 200
One belt for many roads:
How will Macao re-invent itself as a “glocal” gambling Mecca?

"Macao has experienced a mind-blowing development in the past fifteen years, almost exclusively derived from the boom of its casino industry that surpassed the one of Vegas as early as 2006. Despite the huge opportunities thus created, this has also made the economy ever more dependent on this particular sector of activity and prone to dramatic fluctuations as the 25 months of continuous gross gaming revenue decline between June 2014 and July 2016 bluntly illustrate. The wishes of both the local government and the central authorities have always been to "diversify" the economy in order to minimise this over-dependency on gambling. The program to transform Macao into a "World Centre of Tourism and Leisure" and a "Platform for Trade Co-operation between China and Portuguese-speaking Countries" has been a promising tool to do just that, but up to now a comprehensive impetus to follow suit appears to have been missing: could the Belt and Road initiative promoted by Beijing and embraced by the Macao government be this necessary vision for a more balanced and unique development of the Macao SAR? This is what this presentation will explore."
Eric Sautedé graduated from IEP Paris in political science. He is an independent academic and columnist mainly based in Hong Kong, who has been living in this part of the world since 1994 — including 13 years in Macao. Eric provides knowledge-based consultancy services through his company, Chinexperts Consultancy Ltd,. He was for many years a researcher with the French Centre for Research on Contemporary China (CEFC), and the chief editor of the centre’s journal, China Perspectives. He then became a researcher with the Jesuit-backed Macao Ricci Institute where he co-created the bilingual journal of intellectual dialogue Chinese Cross Currents. He was then for seven years, until July 2014, a senior lecturer in politics and the research coordinator of the University of Saint Joseph. His research and writings focus on political change in East Asia and the development of the Internet in China. He has published more than 50 academic articles and book chapters and is often quoted in the local and international press. 

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Location Info

French Chamber Meeting Room 18/F, On Hing Building, 1 On Hing Terrace, Central