Effective Delivery of Large Infrastructure Projects

The Case of the New International Airport of Mexico City

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The New International Airport of Mexico City (NAICM) should position Mexico as a regional hub and improve its competitiveness. It is scheduled to be operational in 2020 in answer to the pressing need for the expansion of the city's airport capabilities. The airport, whose construction is managed by a state-owned entity (GACM), is currently the largest Mexican infrastructure project.

A project of this magnitude requires tailored strategic frameworks and actions in several policy areas. Building on international experience, this report provides a comprehensive assessment, and analysis and recommendations in four key dimensions contributing to the effective delivery of large infrastructure projects: governance, procurement, integrity and communication.

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Foreword and acknowledgements

Infrastructure projects are central to government mandates. Their benefits and risks can be seen as two sides of the same coin. One side holds a vision and a promise: increased national competitiveness, better public service delivery and inclusive growth. On the other side there are risks of mismanagement, waste of public money and corruption. Because major infrastructure projects can represent the legacy of governments for generations to come, governments must be particularly attentive to ensure their social value.

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