Wealth Partaking Scheme

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A closed cheque for the Wealth Partaking Scheme in 2008

Wealth Partaking Scheme (Chinese: 現金分享計劃; Portuguese: Plano de comparticipação pecuniária no desenvolvimento económico) is a cash disbursement policy to holders of a Macau Resident Identity Card by the Macau Special Administrative Region since 2008. The main purpose of the scheme is to share the results of the region's economic development with its people and help mitigate the effects of inflation.

Target beneficiaries[edit]

Residents who have a valid or renewable Macau Resident Identity Card are the target beneficiaries of the scheme.[1]

Payment methods[edit]

Beneficiaries of the Social Welfare Bureau (IAS), which include teachers who receive direct subsidies, students who are subsidized with scholarships or from the Student Welfare Fund by the Education and Youth Affairs Bureau (DESJ), other retired civil service employees, and senior citizens may have their money automatically deposited in a banking account or they can receive a crossed cheque by post.[1]

Details of the scheme[edit]

Francis Tam, the Secretary for Economy and Finance, announced the Wealth Partaking Scheme at the Macau Government Headquarterson May 23, 2008. He said that for the initial run of the scheme, holders of permanent and non-permanent Macau Resident Identity Cards could receive 5,000 and 3,000 patacas respectively.[1] More than 11,000 people who qualified for Macau Resident Identity Card applied for one after the scheme was announced, hoping to receive money. This is 10 times more than the normal number of applications.[2]

In his Policy Address on Nov 11, 2008, Chief Executive of Macau Edmund Ho announced that the region would have another wealth sharing scheme in the next fiscal year (2009) to help offset the negative economic influence of the Financial crisis of 2007–08.[3] This time, permanent and non-permanent residents would receive 6,000 and 3,600 patacas as announced by Edmund Ho during the question and answer session in the Legislative Assembly of Macau on April 16, 2009.[4] Every year since, the scheme has been a regular part of the Policy Address.

In his policy address on November 16, 2010, Chief Executive of Macau Fernando Chui announced a substantial decrease for the scheme to 4,000 and 2,400 patacas for permanent and non-permanent residents respectively. The next year on April 21, 2011, Chui announced that "Cash Subsidy" (Portuguese: Apoio Pecuniário, Chinese: 現金補助) would be 3,000 and 1,800 patacas to permanent and non-permanent residents respectively for that fiscal year.[5] Despite this reduction, the total subsidy distribution in fiscal year 2011 was more than the previous fiscal year and it was the fiscal year to have cash subsidy policy only.

Subsidy amount by year[edit]

Date announced
Fiscal Year Numbers of beneficiaries Amount for permanent resident (patacas) Amount for non-permanent resident (patacas) Percentage change from previous fiscal year Total amount of cash disbursement (patacas) Notes Ref
23/05/2008 2008 532,616 5,000 3,000 Not Applicable 2,541,104,000 First scheme [6]
11/11/2008 2009 547,648 6,000 3,600 Increase.svg 20.00% 3,129,836,400 First time announced in the Policy Address [7][8]
16/03/2010 2010 574,739 6,000 3,600 ± 00.00% 3,277,719,600 [9][10]
16/11/2010 2011 595,873 4,000 2,400 Decrease.svg 33.33% 2,260,653,600 amount for the Scheme only [11][12]
20/04/2011 2011 511,840
(for cheques only)
3,000 1,800 Not Applicable 1,809,099,600 amount for the Cash Subsidy [13]
15/11/2011 2012 615,072 7,000 4,200 Increase.svg 75.00% 4,099,860,800 [14][15]
13/11/2012 2013 634,084 8,000 4,800 Increase.svg 14.29% 4,860,931,200 [16][17]
12/11/2013 2014 UNKNOWN 9,000 5,400 Increase.svg 12.50% UNKNOWN [18]
2015 UNKNOWN 9,000 5,400 ± 00.00% UNKNOWN
2016 UNKNOWN 9,000 5,400 ± 00.00% UNKNOWN
2017 UNKNOWN 9,000 5,400 ± 00.00% UNKNOWN [19]
Total amount Not Applicable 75,000 45,800 Not Applicable

Supporting Department[edit]

The Government of Macau set up the "Support Centre for Wealth Disbursement" (Portuguese: Centro de apoio ao pagamento da comparticipação pecuniária, Chinese: 現金分享發放輔助中心) in Largo Tap Seac on July 1, 2008 to disburse the payments and provide related services for the scheme.[20] As the cheque from the scheme for each fiscal year is valid for 3 years,the Service Center of the Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau (IACM) has acted on behalf of the Wealth Partaking Payment Assistance Center which located in 2/F, Edifício China Plaza, Avenida da Praia Grande since November 3, 2008.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c 政府公布有關「現金分享」計劃發放安排 (in Chinese). Va Kio Daily. 2008-05-24. Retrieved 2013-11-16. 
  2. ^ 澳門身份證明局接獲居留權申請書數量暴增 (in Chinese). Xinhua News Agency. 2008-05-28. Retrieved 2013-11-16. 
  3. ^ 澳門政府再向每人派發5000元紅包應對金融風暴 (in Chinese). Xinhua News Agency. 2008-11-12. Retrieved 2012-11-08. 
  4. ^ 政府推出現金分享及醫療補貼計劃 (in Chinese). Macau Government. 2009-04-16. Retrieved 2013-11-16. 
  5. ^ 再派三千抗通脹 (in Chinese). Journal Cheng Pou. 2011-04-21. Retrieved 2013-11-16. 
  6. ^ a b 「2008年度現金分享計劃」新聞稿 (in Chinese). Government Information Bureau. 2008-10-30. Retrieved 2013-11-16. 
  7. ^ "Policy Address for the Fiscal Year 2009" (PDF). Macau Government. 2008-11-11. Retrieved 2013-11-16. 
  8. ^ 「2009年度現金分享計劃」新聞稿 (in Chinese). Government Information Bureau. 2009-08-30. Retrieved 2013-11-16. 
  9. ^ "Policy Address for the Fiscal Year 2010" (PDF). Macau Government. 2010-03-16. Retrieved 2013-11-16. 
  10. ^ 「2010 年度現金分享計劃」 (PDF) (in Chinese). Government Information Bureau. 2010-10-26. Retrieved 2013-11-16. 
  11. ^ "Policy Address for the Fiscal Year 2011" (PDF). Macau Government. 2010-11-16. Retrieved 2013-11-16. 
  12. ^ 本年度現金分享計劃三月底完成發放 (PDF) (in Chinese). Government Information Bureau. 2011-04-15. Retrieved 2013-11-16. 
  13. ^ "Relocation of Services from the Support Centre for Cash Subsidy to the Service Centre of Civil and Municipal Affairs Bureau". Support Centre for Cash Subsidy. 2011-12-07. Retrieved 2013-11-16. 
  14. ^ "Policy Address for the Fiscal Year 2012" (PDF). Macau Government. 2011-11-15. Retrieved 2013-11-16. 
  15. ^ "Cash Disbursement of Wealth Partaking Scheme 2012 to be concluded in the end of July" (PDF). Support Centre for Wealth Partaking Disbursement. 2012-07-28. Retrieved 2013-11-16. 
  16. ^ "Policy Address for the Fiscal Year 2013" (PDF). Macau Government. 2012-11-13. Retrieved 2013-11-16. 
  17. ^ "Support Centre for Wealth Partaking Scheme 2013 Operated until 30 September". Support Centre for Wealth Partaking Disbursement. 2013-10-01. Retrieved 2013-11-16. 
  18. ^ "Highlights of the Policy Address for the Fiscal Year 2014" (PDF). Macau Government. 2013-11-12. Retrieved 2013-11-16. 
  19. ^ "Highlights of the Policy Address for the Fiscal Year 2017" (PDF). Macau Government. November 2016. Retrieved 2016-12-18. 
  20. ^ 發放輔助中心簡介 (in Chinese). Identification Department. 2008. Retrieved 2013-11-16. 

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