The government has set up a “human resources development committee” that will introduce elite-nurturing programmes and encourage overseas-trained locals to return to Macau as part of the government’s policy to cultivate a skilled workforce.
Government spokesperson Alexis Tam Chon Weng announced in Government House Tuesday that Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On will head the committee, the function of which is to plan and establish short-, medium- and long-term measures for the city’s human resources development.
According to Macao Post Daily Tam said the committee had been set up to carry out what Chui promised in his 2014 Policy Address in November, namely to come up with an effective mechanism to nurture local human resources for the future development of Macau and prepare for new industries as the economy diversifies.
According to Tam, the committee will be working on nurturing the cit’s elite, introducing incentive schemes for professionals in different domains and programmes to bring skilled individuals into the market.
The committee will also be launching incentive schemes to attract those who studied and are working overseas to return to Macau and make their contribution to the city, according to Tam, who heads Chui’s office.
However, Tam, flanked by the government’s Policy Research Office (GEP) principal consultant Mi Jian and Tertiary Education Services Office (GAES) Director So Chio Fai, could not say which sector is most short of skilled local human resources.
“This is a start [for the committee],” Tam said, adding: “We’ll have a lot to work on later and in the next few months, we’ll be able to announce what we have found from our work. It’s too early to say now precisely what we have to do.”
According to So, there are currently about 38,000 Macau people who are studying or working overseas. The figure is understood to compise Macau people studying and working in the mainland, Taiwan and Hong Kong as well as in foreign countries.(macaunews)