14 senior management staff of gaming watchdog inaugurated amidst revamp

The Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau of Macau swore in on Wednesday 14 senior management staff after the gaming regulator was restructured in late June with additional departments and divisions.(Allin photo)

The Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau of Macau swore in on Wednesday 14 senior management staff after the gaming regulator was restructured in late June with additional departments and divisions.

The new appointees are at either departmental- or divisional-chief level, and are expected to help the casino watchdog in strengthening its inspection capacity and in enhancing gaming-related legislation, according to a statement released by the Bureau on Wednesday.

Macau is due to amend its gaming law before the end of this year to pave the way for new public tendering of casino licences as the six incumbent gaming concessions will be expiring in June 2022.

The newly inaugurated staff at the gaming regulator will respectively be responsible for functions including licensing, auditing and compliance, as well as the overall regulation of the city’s gaming concessionaires, junkets, and gaming technology.

The appointments are part of the gaming regulator’s restructuring. In June the Macau government said the gaming regulator would see its number of inspectors gradually increase from 192 to 459, in response to the rapid growth of Macau’s gaming market. The proposed revamp includes also adding an extra post at deputy-director level at the Bureau.