Guatemala: private-public projects
On November 2, outgoing President Alvaro Colom swore in the first directors of the National Alliance for Infrastructure Development, with a mission to promote public-private partnership.
Priority areas for the Alliance include the expansion to four lanes of all major highways in southern Guatemala, and the construction of three rail lines (from the capital to the border with El Salvador, and to both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts), as well as a high-speed rail link between Guatemala City and the Mirador tourism region, via Antigua.
The plan could also open the door for international companies to invest in the country’s airports. Guatemala City’s La Aurora International Airport has already tempted private investors Confiasa and El Bosque to build the largest office and warehouse complex in Central America, along with the Airport Technology Plaza.
One of the first tasks of the Alliance will be to set up the National Partnerships Agency for Economic and Infrastructure Development, which is responsible for the day-to-day evaluation and supervision of private-public projects.
- Railroad and metro design, construction and operation
- Airport design, construction and operation
- Real estate