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Government departments in remodelling mode

The Office for Personal Data Protection is to undergo a MOP22.2 million revamp, while the Cultural Affairs Bureau is spending MOP44.5 million on government buildings in Tap Seac Square

The Office for Personal Data Protection (GPDP) has awarded a MOP22.2 million (US$2.8 million) contract to AD & C Engenharia e Construções Companhia Limitada for reconstruction works of its offices, according to a dispatch in the government’s Official Gazette released yesterday. The contract for the revamp work in the GPDP office on the 17th floor of the China Plaza building in Avenida da Praia Grande will be divided into two payments, with MOP8 million disbursed this year and MOP14.2 million in 2017. According to a response sent by the GPDP to Business Daily, the current office space has been provided to the GPDP by the Financial Services Bureau (DSF), with the data protection department stating that it ‘neither owns nor rents the office space used in its operations’. Tap Seac Square works AD & C Engenharia e Construções Companhia Limitada has also been awarded a MOP22.2 million contract for reconstruction works in the Archives of Macao exterior warehouse located at Tap Seac Square, according to Official Gazette releases. The Archives of Macao are under Cultural Affairs Bureau management, which also signed a MOP30.2 million contract with Companhia de Construção Urbana J & T Limitada for remodelling work of the Tap Seac Glass House. Since March 31 the Glass House has been utilised by the Macau Trade and Investment Promotion Institute (IPIM) to promote food and beverage products from various Portuguese-speaking countries. The contract payment for the Archives of Macao works will be under the Cultural Affairs Bureau construction budget, while the Glass House works will be included in the Bureau’s Culture Fund. In response to Business Daily’s enquiries the Cultural Affairs Bureau stated that it “currently has no plan to move [the Archives of Macao] to the new Central Library”, which will be located in the Old Court Building on Avenida da Praia Grande.