Cyberport is hiring a chief executive and a director to replace two government officials that were seconded to oversee construction of the $15.8 billion project. 'The Cyberport project is a commercial entity and should be left to the business professionals to operate. It has always been the government's plan to eventually pass on to the professionals,' a government spokesman said. The hi-tech Cyberport project is a joint venture between PCCW and the government. The two state officials seconded to the project were administration officer Betty Fung, as Cyberport co-ordinator, and chief engineer Wong Ming-to, as director of campus and project management. Their secondment in July last year was for 18 months and their terms will end in December. Applications for the two positions open today and a selection committee will be set up by the Cyberport board. Under the recruitment requirements, the chief executive should possess a university degree with at least 15 years of relevant experience at senior level. Candidates for the post of campus and project management director require a university degree with at least 12 years of senior management experience in overseeing construction projects and managing commercial buildings. 'A competitive compensation package' is offered for both posts. Ms Fung was paid $1.65 million a year for her role as Cyberport co-ordinator, while Mr Wong received $1.27 million as project management director. However, it is not known if the new hirings will receive similar salaries. Both Ms Fung and Mr Wong are to be relocated back to the government, but their new jobs have not been decided. The Cyberport project, which is due to be completed late next year, will be handed back to the government and managed by Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company, a wholly-owned unit under the Financial Secretary Incorporated.