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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The NAICM project in perspective

On 3 September 2014, Mexico’s President announced the construction of the New International Airport of Mexico City (Nuevo Aeropuerto Internacional de la Ciudad de México, NAICM). This project is one of the three largest airport infrastructure projects worldwide. It responds to a constant need of over 20 years to expand the capacity of Mexico City’s current airport, which is reaching its operational capacity limit. The construction of the NAICM will be funded with a mix of public and private funds, with around 60% coming from the federal budget. This chapter will introduce the nature and main features of the project, setting the stage for a deep analysis of its governance, procurement structure, integrity approach, and communications strategy.

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