Circular No.: 15/2020
2020-07-30 ARB Circular No.:15/2020

Dear Registered Architects,

The Architects Registration Board, HKSAR (“ARB”), is invited by the Buildings Department (“BD”) to nominate not less than 6 registered architects (“RAs”) for the BD’s consideration of appointment to the captioned Panel and Committee for the next term of two years commencing 2 January 2021. For details, please refer to the attached letter from BD, which is self-explanatory.

The function and composition of the MWCRC Panel and MWCRCs are enclosed in Appendix A for your information.

Please note that a nominee should satisfy the following criteria as set by BD:

a. Must be an Authorized Person;
b. Must not be a member of the Authorized Persons’, Registered Structural Engineers’ and Registered Geotechnical Engineers’ Disciplinary Board Panel or the Registered Contractors’ Disciplinary Board Panel;
c. Should not be serving more than 6 government boards or committees concurrently (including the proposed nomination to serve in the Contractors Registration Committees for Registered General Building Contractors, Registered Specialist Contractors and/or MWCRC);
d. Should not be a member of the who have served in the MWCRC Panel for more than 4 years cumulatively through a life span, as on 31 December 2020;
e. Should not be a government officer;
f. Must be able to speak and understand both Chinese and English;
g. Should be available for attending meetings which may be held around 1 session per month; and
h. Younger person where appropriate is preferred.

I am obliged to draw your attention to the following fact that

1. MWCRC Panel and MWCRC are public bodies under the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance (“PBO”). Members are therefore public servants and have to abide by the PBO. Please refer to Appendix B which is the guidelines on declaration of interests by members as recommended by ICAC.
2. The appointed members are required to undertake to hold information in confidence, to declare conflict of interest and to inform me when they are no longer suitable to be appointed. In this connection, a sample undertaking letter is attached in Appendix C for reference.
3. The BD may disclose to the public, without necessarily obtaining consent from members, information about the appointed members and meetings. Please refer to Appendix D for details. Upon appointment, the Secretary of Home Affairs will invite members to provide their personal particulars to the Central Personality Index database.

To ensure a well-balanced representation, ARB would take into account gender balance and all age groups in participation in such advisory and statutory bodies, where appropriate.

Should you be interested in being nominated to the captioned Committee/Panel, please return to ARB Secretariat on or before 17 August 2020 with the following documents as required:
Appendix E: Your up-to-date CV; and
Appendix F: Reply Slip (attachment)

Please feel free to contact Ms. Christine Lau at 2805 7084/ should you have any queries.

Yours sincerely,
Queenie Wong

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