Next Macau government to prioritise public administration reform

3 December 2019

The priority task of the 5th Government of the Macau Special Administrative Region (MSAR) will be public administration reform, under a “create first to reform later” strategy, Chief Executive Ho Iat Seng said on Monday.

Ho, who will be sworn into office on the 20 December, the 20th anniversary of the constitution of the MSAR, explained that this strategy can be defined as having two moments, the first of which will focus on improving laws, legislation and instructions relating to the area of public administration, and the second being the definition of the direction of reform.

Ho Iat Seng also referred to the need for team building, which will promote the vertical mobility of civil servants, during a press conference in which the Chief Executive, senior officials and the Public Prosecutor of the 5th MSAR Government replied to questions from the media.

The appointed Chief Executive said that while a good public administration base had been created over the past 20 years, he is able to identify certain aspects that could be improved, and hopes to find an appropriate starting point for reform and to commit to better clarifying the public and the Legislative Assembly on the subject in April.

However, the first task of the next government will be to prepare the Report of the Governing Lines of Action, which will be presented in April 2020. (Macauhub)