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Colombia's transport ministry has launched a number of tenders to hire consultancy firms to carry out highway planning studies, the government reported in a release.
The cost of the consultancies will be covered by US$10mn in funding from IDB as part of a project to assist the ministry in the execution of a regional road plan.
According to IDB, the resources will be disbursed for the hiring of a number of low cost consultancies, mainly to be provided by local consultants. The final goal is to create a specialized agency within the transport ministry which will provide technical and institutional support for the improvement and management of the country's road network.
The ministry's announcement calls on companies to express their interest in taking part in the nine department package initiatives to be awarded.
Works include the drawing up and updating of department road networks and the design of a road network development plan for departments Atlántico, Magdalena, San Andrés and Providencia; for departments César and Guajira; departments Caldas, Chocó and Risaralda; Caquetá, Nariño and Valle del Cauca; departments Norte de Santander and Santander; Boyacá; Cundinamarca; departments Guaviare, Meta and Vichada; and departments Amazonas, Guanía and Vaupés.
Firms with experience in the making and updating of primary, secondary, tertiary and/or urban road inventories have until April 30 to submit their letters of interest.
Companies will be able to participate in more than one tender process, but each will be handled independently.