Macau gov’t to hire unregistered construction experts

Macau, Slider 29 May 2014
Macau gov’t to hire unregistered construction experts

According to Kwan Tsui Hang, president of the legislative Assembly (AL)’s first Standing Committee,  Lawmakers will be inclined to allow the government to hire unregistered construction experts.

A Commitee meeting was held yesterday where all members and government representatives focused on article nine of the bill which governs the registration of urbanism and construction professionals.
During the Committee meeting yesterday, all members and government representatives focused on article nine of the bill governing the registration of urbanism and construction professionals.

Lawmakers asked government officials to explain clause four of the article, which only exempts public departments from the restrictions on hiring unregistered professionals, and only then under exceptional circumstances.

An example was put forward where the government would no longer be able to invite international experts to assist in designing landmarks and plans such as the Macau Science Center after the legislation on registration comes into effect.  It is for this reason that the administration requires its own exemption from such a restriction.

According to Kwan Tsui Hang there was a lengthy discussion where it was suggested that some large-scale private projects should be able to hire unregistered professionals, but all members agreed with the government, deciding only to exempt the public sector from the restrictions because of a concern that if the private sector were also exempted, it would breach regulations.

She also explained that private companies could still cooperate with unregistered professionals; however, the official plans and documents relating to the project have to be signed by registered personnel, and went on to stress that the government can be exempted in the case of very special projects only, expressing the hope that the administration would edit the clause so that it can be more clearly understood.

Also up for discussion was the registration criteria. The bill proposes that public servants who have been working for departments relating to urbanism and construction for a consecutive three years do not need to be an apprentice in order to register. She commented that that, since government officials are usually responsible for evaluating floor plans and usually do not need to go to the construction site, it is appropriate to set the time frame to three years, compared to the two-years required for apprenticeship candidates from the private sectors to register.

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