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Colombia signs first 5G concession program contract

Bnamericas Published: Friday, June 18, 2021
Colombia signs first 5G concession program contract

ANI statement

This is a machine translation of the original press release issued in Spanish

After supplying the tender and receiving eight proposals to participate in the award process, the National Government, headed by the President of the Republic, Iván Duque Márquez, today signed the protocol for the New Malla Vial del Valle del Cauca concession contract. : Accesses Cali-Palmira, which makes it the first Concession of the Bicentennial. This is a thick package of works that are part of the new wave of multimodal projects in charge of the National Infrastructure Agency - ANI .

The signing of this concession contract is carried out with the Estructura Plural PRC-MC, which in addition to complying with all the prerequisites for its award, which was carried out on May 18, 2021, proved its financial capacity and investment experience. through the Patria Infrastructure Fund IV Private Capital Fund.

“My commitment to Valle del Cauca has always been infrastructure works. One of them was to materialize this Accesses Cali-Palmira Road Mesh and today I want to say that what we promised four years ago in Cali today is a reality, with this signature and award, this is our first 5G concession in our country, the First concession of the Bicentennial. A project of more than 300 kilometers in length, which with an investment of 1.2 billion pesos will generate more than 40 thousand jobs and it is one of the most strategic works in the departments of Valle del Cauca and Cauca , for that is why I have the great joy of sharing the signing of the project ”, assured the President of the Republic Iván Duque Márquez

This project, which will be in charge of the National Infrastructure Agency-ANI, includes the construction, rehabilitation and maintenance of 310 km of road that runs through the departments of Valle del Cauca and Cauca.

For Ángela María Orozco, Minister of Transportation , the signing of this contract is the beginning of a new generation of concessions that seek to bring the country's transportation infrastructure to meet the highest international standards.

“With this project we will have multiple benefits, among them, in terms of job creation, since there will be around 40 thousand jobs, but it also marks a milestone for the country's infrastructure since this type of concession will have strong social and environmental components that they greatly benefit the citizens ”, he explained.

After signing the contract, the pre-construction period begins, which will be approximately one year. Once this stage is finished, the construction phase will come, which is estimated to be for the second half of 2022.

The Nueva Malla Vial del Valle del Cauca corridor: Accesos Cali-Palmira had already marked a milestone, during the selection process, since it was the first time in the history of the bidding processes for concessioned transport infrastructure projects that were received eight offers to participate, which confirms the confidence of national and international investors in the concessioned projects in our country.

"We continue working to leave the country and mainly citizens modern, safe and environmentally sustainable works that guarantee and facilitate their mobility," said Manuel Felipe Gutiérrez, President of ANI.

About the Accesses Cali and Palmira project

The New Malla Vial del Valle del Cauca: Cali and Palmira Accesses is the first project of the Bicentennial Concessions, which includes construction, rehabilitation and maintenance along 310km of road. The investment in capex will be 1.22 trillion pesos (estimated figure in capex as of December 2020).

The corridor contemplates the construction of 15.8 km of new simple road, between Cali and Jamundí, this being the extension of Av. Ciudad de Cali, where heavy traffic will move.

The project will also have the construction of 12.4 km of new second lanes, 291 km of rehabilitation (tuning) of existing corridors, construction of two uneven interchanges (Sameco and Versalles), a vehicular bridge over the Cauca river between Jamundí and Villarrica. It also includes the construction of 22 pedestrian bridges, the construction of cycle routes and the adaptation of lighting in various corridors, among others.

The road corridor foresees the generation of 40,000 direct, indirect and induced jobs. The operation and maintenance of this project has a term of up to 29 years.

With this initiative, it is estimated that around 3,300,000 inhabitants of Cali, Buga, Candelaria, El Cerrito, Florida, Guacarí, Ginebra, Jamundí, Palmira, Vijes, Yotoco, Yumbo, Caloto, Miranda, Puerto Tejada, Santander de Quilichao and Villarica.

With the Bicentennial Concessions, one of our main challenges for the national government is to strengthen the institutional framework of the National Infrastructure Agency to improve processes, transparency, and the integrity of the Entity and regain the trust of citizens, but also to guarantee development sustainable and inclusive of projects in all regions of the country.

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