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New concessions scheme to put an end to "packaged" highways - minister (Colombia)
Colombia's plans to restructure its concessions institutions includes measures to involve more players in tenders for single highway concessions, according to transport minister German Cardona.


Rather than a single firm winning a "packaged" contract to carry out all the phases of a highway project, the new scheme will involve awarding each stage to a different contractor, Cardona told paper Portafolio.


"With the majority of concessions there are environmental or land problems, and that's why we need to start doing things the right way," the minister was quoted as saying.


In November last year, the transport ministry said it was drawing up a plan to restructure its concessions framework. The plan includes replacing concessions institute Inco with a new national transport authority, BNamericas reported previously.


The ministry will also introduce a measure whereby the same firm that designs and plans a highway will also be in charge of supervising construction to ensure that concessionaires meet all their contractual obligations.


Road concession projects will resume once authorities have dealt with the emergency caused by one of the harshest winters in recent times, which caused widespread damage to highways across the country.

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