New guidelines to cut “grey areas” from tender process

Thursday, May 8, 2008
Issue 337, Page 1
Word count: 258
Published in: Macau Daily Times

By Poyi (Natalie) Leung

The government will prepare internal guidelines for public works departments to tighten the evaluation of construction tenders and list documents on the internet, the Assembly’s eventual committee heard yesterday.

President of the Land and Public Concession Regime Eventual Committee, Kou Hoi In said after a group meeting with government representatives that lawmakers were concerned how “fairness, impartiality and openness” will be assured during a tender and how to improve the evaluation process by introducing electronic procedures.

Lawmakers were told internal guidelines will be drafted for government departments in order to assure that “tenders could be staged with high quality” and eliminate current “grey areas” of the legal framework, Mr Kou said.

In addition, contractors will be ranked before construction projects began and there would be another assessment after completion of the projects, which would either raise or lower their initial rankings.

The committee president said the grades will provide the government with a better indication or reference in selecting contractors for future public construction projects, and added that they would further discuss this scheme with the construction industry.

In order to increase transparency, details of available tenders will be placed on the government website and announced through the media so that contractors could be aware of what public construction projects were being evaluated.

Mr Kou said that no government representatives will be present for the next committee meeting in which lawmakers would carry out an in-depth discussion on the government’s previous presentation.

During yesterday’s meeting at the Legislative Assembly the two parties also discussed the Administrative Procedure Code.

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