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Macau (Macao)

In the early years of the 21st Century

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*** Extreme Weather ***

Extreme weather events have become more common in Macau in recent years due to climate change, according to the Meteorological and Geophysical Bureau (SMG). In fact, from June to August of this year alone, authorities issued three black rainstorm warnings, with June reporting the highest daily cumulative rainfall record since records started in 1952—almost 423.4 mm1. Additionally, Macau has been affected more frequently by tropical cyclones in recent years, with the SMG issuing a total of seven Typhoon Signals No. 10 since 1968, three of which were issued in the past five years. The number of storm surges and flooding levels has also been more pronounced than before. – adapted from Microsoft BING Copilot

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The World Factbook - Macau

U.S. Central Intelligence Agency CIA

[accessed 3 January 2021]

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[accessed 6 January 2021]

Since opening up its locally-controlled casino industry to foreign competition in 2001, Macau has attracted tens of billions of dollars in foreign investment, transforming the territory into one of the world's largest gaming centers. Macau's gaming and tourism businesses were fueled by China's decision to relax travel restrictions on Chinese citizens wishing to visit Macau. In 2016, Macau's gaming-related taxes accounted for more than 76% of total government revenue.

Macau continues to face the challenges of managing its growing casino industry, risks from money-laundering activities, and the need to diversify the economy away from heavy dependence on gaming revenues.

GDP - per capita (PPP): $122,000 (2018 est.)

Labor force - by occupation:

agriculture: 2.5%

industry: 9.8%

services: 4.4%

industry and services: 12.4%

agriculture/fishing/forestry/mining: 15%

manufacturing: 25.9%

construction: 7.1%

transportation and utilities: 2.6%

commerce: 20.3% (2013 est.)

Unemployment rate: 2% (2017 est.)

Population below poverty line: N/A

Maternal mortality rate: --

Infant mortality rate: total: 3.1 deaths/1,000 live births

Life expectancy at birth: total population: 84.6 years

Drinking water source: improved: total: 100% of population

Physicians density: 2.41 physicians/1,000 population (2010)

Sanitation facility access: improved: total: --

Electricity access: electrification - total population: 100% (2016)

The Borgen Project - Macau

[accessed 16 February 2021]

The Borgen Project works with U.S. leaders to utilize the United States’ platform behind efforts toward improving living conditions for the world’s poor.  It is an innovative, national campaign that is working to make poverty a focus of U.S. foreign policy.  It believes that leaders of the most powerful nation on earth should be doing more to address global poverty. From ending segregation to providing women with the right to vote, nearly every wrong ever righted in history was achieved through advocacy. The Borgen Project addresses the big picture, operating at the political level advancing policies and programs that improve living conditions for those living on less than $1 per day.

~ The Improvement Of Education In Macau

~ Is Hunger In Macau A Problem?

~ Poverty In Macau

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