Groups set up to work on public opinions of public administration reform

Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Issue 287, Page 5
Word count: 426
Published in: Macau Daily Times

By Poyi (Natalie) Leung

Two specialised work groups to collect and study public opinions were set up by the Public Administration Reform Advisory Committee during the second plenary meeting at the government headquarters yesterday.

The two special panels, namely the Policy Consultation and Interaction Group and the Policy Research and Evaluation Group, are made up of 10 and 12 members respectively who are also members of the advisory committee.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, secretary-general of the advisory committee, Jose Chu, said the interaction group was to set communication mechanisms between the government and society, while the evaluation group was to integrate experts and academics to analysis opinions collected from the public.

The groups, Mr Chu said, were closely intertwined and both aimed at enhancing the government’s capability of decision-making, promoting government policy in the public as well as constantly improving the policy during its execution process.

According to Mr Chu, the interaction group would work on how to establish a channel as well as a system for consultation so that the public and different sectors of Macau could communicate interactively with the government by using the platforms provided.

“By collecting opinions from different areas in society systematically, effectiveness of policy consultation can be enhanced and it will ultimately help optimise the production of government policy,” Mr Chu said.

As for the evaluation group, he said experts would not only study and analyse topics that society was concerned the most with at a particular time, but also propose applicable suggestions in order to deal with the issues.

Therefore, the groups could not function well without the other, Mr Chu added.

“The interactive group is to create platforms in order to collect information and public opinions, and the evaluation group will then analysis the opinions collected and carry out research on them,” he said.

“The research reports will then be promoted within society by the interaction group. And finally after the policy is being executed, its effectiveness will be looked at by the experts and academics.”

After yesterday’s plenary meeting, Mr Chu said the two special panels would call for their own meetings individually in which more detailed work plans would be set out and further discussion on work topics would begin.

A coordinator will be elected by members within each group. And because of the close tie between them, Mr Chu said the government might arrange another chief coordinator to oversee both groups.

In addition, representatives from the Public Administration and Civil Service Bureau, secretary-general and deputy secretary-general from the advisory committee would also join the groups, he said.

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