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Clear tender for Macau pavilion MOP67 million deal

2009. 31 October

by Fernando Ferreira
( The tender regarding the two production companies that were chosen to provide conceptual services for the interior of Macau’s Pavilion for Expo 2010, for which they received about MOP67 million, was an invitation tender but also ‘open to the participation of other companies that weren’t invited’, said a coordinating officer for the Expo in Shanghai (GPPMEMS) yesterday when contacted by MDTimes.

Following a GPPMEMS note on October 23, via their web page in Portuguese and through the Government Information Bureau (GCS) in Chinese, following a MDTimes story published on October 20, the GPPMEMS stated that the tender ‘followed all the legal procedures’.

On October 19, the Macau Official Gazette announced that Nam Kwong Exhibitions and Shiror Productions won the tender to provide conceptual services for the interior of Macau’s pavilion for Expo 2010.
According to a Macao Economic Services (DSE) official contacted by MDTimes on that same day, there was no public tender issued, only an ‘invitation tender’, and the official refused to confirm the number of companies ‘invited’ to participate in the tender as well as other details regarding the MOP67 million deal.
However, due to the note from GPPMEMS on October 23, regarding the deal which was consequently published by the MDTimes, the newspaper received no communication from the coordinating office for the Expo, and MDTimes followed every avenue possible to ascertain the facts regarding the tender.
The GPPMEMS official yesterday contacted by MDTimes explained that “there was an invitation tender which was open for all interested companies that wanted to enter the tender regarding the Macau pavilion, for which several ads where published in Jornal Tribuna Macau, in Portuguese and Macau Daily News, in Chinese.”
According to the GPPMEMS official, “a jury was constituted to go through all the proposals and pre-selected over 10 companies, but only Nam Kwong Exhibitions and Shiror Productions met the full requirements needed to perform the work.”