Macau braces for public admin reshuffle

Local | 17 Apr 2020 12:15 pm

Macau Chief Executive Ho Iat Seng will announce resturcuring of several important government departments in his first Policy Address on Monday, according to public broadcaster Radio Macau.

This will include the transfer of the Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) from under the purview of the Secretariat for Social Affairs and Culture to that of the Secretariat for Economy and Finance.

The MGTO’s main responsibility is to implement and analyze the tourism policies of the Macau SAR. However, it also organizes and coordinates some of Macau’s largest events, including the annual Macau International Fireworks Display Contest and the International Film Festival and Awards – Macau.

The Higher Education Bureau, responsible for tertiary education, is to be integrated into the general education authority, the Education and Youth Affairs Bureau.

Radio Macau also reported that DSES director Sou Chio Fai, who has led the bureau since he ceased to be DSEJ director in 2011, is expected to retire in August.

The Office for the Development of the Energy Sector will be placed under the scope of the Environmental Protection Bureau, Radio Macau said.

Secretary Ao Ieong U heads the Secretariat for Social Affairs and Culture – a diverse portfolio with interests spanning health care, education, sports and promotion of the arts – while Lei Wai Nong presides over the Secretariat for Economy and Finance.

The secretaries were both appointed for the first time by Ho Iat Seng in December last year. Both have frequented the daily press conferences organized by the Novel Coronavirus Response and Coordination Center since January.

Public administration reform was one of Ho Iat Seng’s major manifesto pledges during his candidacy for chief executive.

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