The Macau Land, Public Works and Transport Bureau (DSSOPT) has announced that the Services Complex for Trade Cooperation between China and Portuguese-speaking Countries will cost between MOP590 million and MOP1.06 billion to build.
Bidding for design and construction opened yesterday morning at DSSOPT headquarters, with nine out of the initial 12 organizations participating in the public tender.
Before the bidding began, three proposals were immediately disqualified for not complying with the regulations of the tender, a DSSOPT spokesperson said.
The remaining nine participants put in bids which started at MOP590 million and eventually peaked at MOP1.06 billion.
According to Lei San Fat, an engineer from DSSOPT’s Department of Public Buildings, “there is no date yet for the start of construction since such date will be dependent on the decision of the committee that is analyzing the proposals […] only after the committee that analyzes the public tender decides on a final proposal [will] we know more about when the works will start.”
Under the rules of the public tender, construction cannot last more than 600 working days. Proposed construction periods ranged between 586 days and the maximum 600.
Once built, the Services Complex will occupy the land plots identified by C15 and C16 of Nam Van Lake, in the vicinity of Macau’s Legislative Assembly. It will occupy a geographical area of about 14,200 square meters and a maximum floor area of 50,000 square meters.
The complex will house the Exhibition Centre for Products from Portuguese-Speaking Countries, the Service Centre for Companies from China and the Portuguese-Speaking Countries, the Information Centre, the Exhibition Hall on Economic and Trade Relations between China and the Portuguese-Speaking Countries and their Cultures, the Training Centre between China and the Portuguese-Speaking Countries and the Exhibition Hall on the Urban Development of Macau.
The building will also serve as the official headquarters for the China and Portuguese-Speaking Countries Cooperation and Development Fund, which moved from the mainland to Macau in June and has since been temporarily lodged in an office in the Business Support Center, a unit under the Macau Trade and Investment Promotion Institute.