Public-Private Partnerships Moving Slowly

Out of a portfolio of seven infrastructure projects estimated at $1.3 billion and which are essential to the economic development of Guatemala, only one is just beginning to see the light.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

The project to build the State Administrative Center, estimated at $200 million, is the only one that has started to be implemented since the National Agency for Partnerships for Economic Infrastructure Development (ANADIE) was created in 2013. However, the project, which is just at the stage of pre-qualification of companies, has encountered several obstacles that have delayed the process of making the award and starting the works.

As well as the State Administrative Centre, there is also the project for an urban rail transport system for North-East passengers, the Pacific train, the intermodal logistics port Tecún Uman and a solid waste plant, and the axis of North-South road interconnection. reports that "... The portfolio of projects includes seven ANADIE infrastructure works, with which they aim to attract more than US $1.305 billion in investments. Between 2014 and 2015 four projects should have started with the tender process. To date, only the State Administrative Center is making progress, albeit with delays. "

As justification for the lack of speed in the preparation of tenders for projects, Julio Héctor Estrada, executive director of the ANADIE, said "... the small amount of progress is due to a lack of government support for 'making projects via the ANADIE with open and transparent 'recruitment as well as events of last year which halted the ability to execute the plans. "

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