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Transport ministry to invest US$118mn in projects this year (Colombia)
Colombia's transport ministry (Mintransporte) will invest 221tn pesos (US$118mn) in projects during 2011, the ministry's head of communications, José Triana, told BNamericas.


The budget includes maintenance and repair work on the national highway network, improvements to local roads, and mass transport and navigability projects.


The ministry will also carry out studies and designs for new projects, according to information provided by the ministry to BNamericas.


On January 17, the government signed a decree to restructure the transport ministry, creating a deputy transport ministry and a deputy infrastructure ministry.


The two entities have been assigned their respective responsibilities, and the budget will be split accordingly, Triana said. The current deputy transport minister, María Constanza García, will be in charge of the new infrastructure department.


The creation of the new departments is part of a larger restructuring program implemented by the government of President José Santos, which also involves changes within the country's concessions institute, Inco.


Under the government's national development plan, Inco will be replaced by a new national infrastructure agency, ANI, paper La Republica reported.

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