Composition of membership of valuers board questioned

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THE proposed amendment of the Valuers (Amendment) Bill 2016 to the new structure of the Valuers Board is to ensure that the membership of the Board is more relevant to the valuation profession.

According to a report on the legislation by the Bills and Legislation Committee (BLC), in the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Survey’s evidence before the Committee, he stated that some board members positions are reserved for provisions that are less relevant and other provisions that are not currently represented.

The amendment proposed to remove the civil engineer, chartered accountant and accountant from the board and introduce a quantity surveyor as a professional with much closer ties with the valuation profession.

“However, most of the witnesses to the hearing stated that they were not consulted about the Bill and the suggested recommendations to change the structural composition of the Board’s membership,” the report states.