March 17, 2023 finance & economy

Seven major roads projects tenders face the axe

Informed sources in the Ministry of Public Works said the ministry is in the process of addressing the Council of Ministers to cancel 7 tenders for major road projects belonging to the Public Authority for Roads and Land Transport to study the companies qualified to implement these projects which indicated that there were shortcomings in the procedures for qualifying contractors, whose recommendations were submitted at that time to the Council of Ministers.

The sources said, “The ministry had previously asked the Central Agency for Public Tenders to cancel offering these tenders, but the agency indicated that it did not have the competence to cancel the tenders offered,” reports Al-Rai daily.

The sources stated that the Board of Directors of the Roads Authority had previously recommended the speedy completion of the cancellation of these tenders, in preparation for their re-offering, in implementation of the Cabinet’s decision regarding commitment to calculating the bases and standards of the estimated cost, according to the Central Agency’s circular, and the commitment to proposing projects according to priorities.

This, the sources say, should be done according to the government’s direction to rationalize spending and simplify project components, construction, and ensuring the proper management of directing expenditures and implementing projects, in accordance with the government’s work program and the requirements of development lines, coinciding with the implementation of housing projects in various regions of the country.

In a related context, the sources stated that the preliminary studies of the cost of the projects included in the road budget during the next five years from 2023 to 2028 resulted in savings the state an estimated one billion dinars.

The sources indicated that there is a tendency to cancel the draft budget for road projects in the Public Authority for Roads and Land Transport for the fiscal year 2023-2024 and to return those projects to the Ministry of Works.

She explained that «this approach is expected to be discussed by the Ministry of Finance with representatives of the Roads Authority during the next week, coinciding with the talk about the abolition of the Roads.


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