The government spent four billion patacas on leasing office space in private properties for its bureaus and other public entities between 2004 and 2014, the Commission of Audit (CA) said in a report yesterday.
The commission criticised the Lands, Public Works and Transport Bureau (DSSOPT) for being responsible for the dilemma by failing to plan for the construction of government buildings.
The report points out that the government rents a large number of private properties for its various bureaus and other public entities. The report says the situation is “quite rare internationally”.
The objective of the audit was to assess whether the DSSOPT had drafted plans to construct the government’s own buildings for its bureaus and other entities, with the aim of ensuring that the government can achieve its objective of the gradual construction of public buildings announced in precious policy addresses, and to tackle the various issues resulting from renting of private-owned properties for public entities and services.
The report can be downloaded from the commission’s website www.ca.gov.mo.(Macau News / Macau Post Daily)