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Alexis Tam confident that Cotai health complex ready in 2017

Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture Alexis Tam Chon Weng said Thursday that a public tender for the new health complex in Cotai is already underway, reaffirming that he is confident that it will be up and running in 2017. Speaking to reporters Thursday after a meeting between government officials and representatives of Macau’s social […]

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UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 5:51 am

Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture Alexis Tam Chon Weng said Thursday that a public tender for the new health complex in Cotai is already underway, reaffirming that he is confident that it will be up and running in 2017.

Speaking to reporters Thursday after a meeting between government officials and representatives of Macau’s social service organisations, Tam said that the project’s overall construction plan was slated to be ready in May. He pledged that the budget will be transparent.

“We are the users of the complex. In terms of construction, it comes under the Secretary for Transport and Public Works [Raimundo Arrais do Rosario],” said Tam. “I have spoken to the relevant officials and told them that I hope that they can finish it on schedule.”

The health complex in Cotai will include a training base for health care professionals and also a residential building for government medical staff. Construction is scheduled to begin in the current quarter and the construction period is planned to be about 240 days, according to the government.

Tam pointed out that the sealed bids for the training base building were opened Thursday while the bids for the residential building will be opened today, adding that the government will open the sealed bids for the main buildings next month.

Meanwhile, the Infrastructure Development Office (GDI) said Thursday that the bureau had received 15 bids for the training base project. GDI engineer Lam Wai Hou said everything was going according to plan.

Asked whether the construction project could be affected by labour shortages, Lam said the terms and conditions regarding staff and their management were clearly written in the contracts. He pledged that the bureau will closely monitor the progress of the construction. (macaunews/macaupost)

UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 5:51 am

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