By Poyi (Natalie) Leung
The Executive Council, the government’s advisory body, will be expanded in terms of its personnel and power to enhance operations and “better assist” the Chief Executive in making policies.
The draft of the administrative regulation to revise the prospectus of the council was announced at a press conference yesterday.
The council spokesperson Leong Heng Teng said the draft has proposed that public departments and entities will have the obligation to provide assistance, especially information or documents, to the Executive Council upon request.
The prospectus should also define the spokesperson system which currently doesn’t exist, Leong said.
The spokesperson is appointed by the Chief Executive and is responsible to disseminate the government’s latest policies and news to the public through press conferences or news releases.
The spokesperson is also entitled to an additional 25 percent of the salary of a councillor.
In addition, the draft states that the power, organisation and operations of the Secretariat of the Executive Council will have to be regulated in a separate administrative regulation.
According to the draft of this new administrative regulation, also announced yesterday, the secretariat will first analyse and compile the drafts submitted to the council for discussion and provide technical and information support to councillors.
A new department and two sub-departments will be established in the secretariat, taking the number of staff members to 35 from 25.
On the other hand, the Economic Services Bureau will have its duties expanded, becoming the department responsible for the promotion of the development of the MICE (meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions) industry in the territory.
The bureau’s “Industry Development Department” will be renamed “MICE and Industry Development Department”, which will participate in research and the formulation and execution of related policies, strategies and measures.
The department will also collect and analyse data, offer initiatives for internal investment which can benefit the development of MICE and economic diversification, as well as promote exchange and cooperation between MICE sectors in Macau and abroad.