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MTOP requests US$600mn boost to road infrastructure budget (Uruguay)

Uruguay's transport and public works ministry (MTOP) has asked congress to boost its current road infrastructure budget by some US$600mn.

The ministry's current budget is US$500mn. MTOP plans to spend US$210mn on projects this year, with an emphasis on marinas to be built along waterways and the Atlantic coast, according to a presidential release.

Transport minister Enrique Pintado said congress' delay in approving a bill to improve public-private sector participation in public works is "natural," given the importance of the issue.

The new legislation will be important to help meet the country's demand for infrastructure projects, Pintado said. The minister declined to reveal details about projects that could be developed with private participation, saying it could generate "false expectations."

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