Macau is officially
a Chinese territory under Portuguese administration. It has its own government
structure, which is endowed with political and legislative power and enshrined
in the Organic Statue of Macau.
The Governor is appointed
by the President of the Portuguese Republic and is aided by an Advisory
Council. In his executive functions, the Governor is assisted by a maximum
of seven Under-Secretaries in charge of relevant sectors of administration.
Macau enjoys economic,
financial, and judicial autonomy. However, under the Sino-Portuguese Joint
Declaration of Macau, signed in April 1987, the government of the People's
Republic of China will take over sovereignty of the territory on December
20, 1999. Subsequently, the Special Administrative Region of Macau (RAEM)
will be instituted, which will be governed according to the Basic Law.