Macao Country Report
Organised criminal groups remains active in the gaming sector. Risks increases as Macao's gaming revenue declines with the economic moderation in mainland China. In the first six months of 2019, there were 295 cases of loan-sharking activity connected to gambling, 16.1% more than during the same period in 2018. The number of cases varied considerably in the two quarters. However increased police patrols around casinos and closer collaboration with the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau will likely prevent prolonged increases in crime. Separately, basic infrastructure of the territory has been substantially upgraded since the return to Chinese sovereignty in 1991 and will continue to receive further investment from China.
Terrorism risk is negligible in Macao, with no known non-state armed groups operating in or from the territory.
Despite the tightening of anti-money laundering rules – for instance, by making compliance and due diligence operational obligations – multinationals are likely to face a moderate risk from money-laundering activities. In addition, companies involved in the gaming and financial services are facing increasing risk from cyber crimes. Criminal gangs from Hong Kong and South East Asia operate actively in Macao especially in the gaming industries. However they are highly unlikely to significantly disrupt the business environment for international companies.
None of mainland China's potential adversaries will probably target Macao in a military conflict, and Macao's government faces no violent domestic threats.