Public construction to be “impartial, fair and open”: Secretary Lau

Thursday, April 17, 2008
Issue 316, Page 2
Word count: 281
Published in: Macau Daily Times

By Poyi (Natalie) Leung

Secretary for Transport and Public Works Lau Si Io said the government had already implemented measures since last year in order to increase the levels of impartiality, fairness and openness in the process of selecting contractors for public construction projects.

Speaking after the eventual committee’s meeting on the land and public concession regime at the Legislative Assembly yesterday, Secretary Lau told the reporters that government representatives continued to introduce the current public works’ assessment and approval procedures and the improvement measures to the lawmakers.

Apart from introducing a computer lot-drawing scheme in bid to ensure contractors can participate in public tender equally, Secretary Lau said the two vetting committees organised before and after a public tender must have to be formed by different members.

Also, more objective assessment criteria have been added and an explanatory text has to complement with the assessment result if it involves subjective judgement such as the experience of the bidding contractors and how good their past proposals were, the secretary added.

According to the president of the eventual committee, Kou Hoi In, an internal meeting will be held prior to the next discussion session with the government as lawmakers yesterday raised up questions regarding the current public works system.

Concerns expressed included the professional qualification of company hired to oversee tender and its selection process, the government’s competency in assessing and approving public construction, as well as how to increase transparency of post-construction additional works so that the public can be informed if the project is necessary and justified.

Mr Kou said the next meeting would see government representatives introduce examples of case study, followed by formally entering an in-depth discussion of the public concession regime. 

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