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18 July, 2024
 

Ministry probes public works tenders from 10 years ago

Investigation aims to identify problems and implement reforms for smoother project delivery and to fix flaws in the system

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A report by Apostolos Tomaras in this Sunday's Kathimerini delves into how Cyprus is grappling with significant issues in its public construction projects, like the renovation of Larnaca's port, which have faced major delays and complications. In response, the government has launched a thorough investigation into what went wrong, prompted by concerns raised over the termination of contracts and ongoing project delays.

During a recent cabinet meeting, officials directed the Transport Minister to conduct a comprehensive review spanning the past decade. They're keen to understand why certain projects have been stalled and what can be done to prevent future setbacks.

The government's objective is clear: they want to identify any flaws in the current system and implement necessary reforms.

The investigation is focusing on two main areas. First, they're examining the dispute resolution process, which has proven cumbersome and inaccessible to smaller contractors. Second, they're scrutinizing the reasons behind contract terminations and chronic delays in project completion.

The government's objective is clear: they want to identify any flaws in the current system and implement necessary reforms. Key questions include whether problems arose after contracts were signed and whether the criteria for selecting contractors need updating.

While some projects like road repairs are not facing cancellation, their prolonged delays are impacting communities. The government is committed to seeing these projects through to completion and ensuring they benefit the public.

Another concern is the loopholes in the system that allow previously banned contractors to continue bidding for projects under different names. Officials are working to tighten regulations to prevent such practices and uphold project integrity.

As they delve deeper into these issues, the government aims to streamline project management and restore public confidence in the delivery of essential infrastructure projects.

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