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Survey points to lack of transparency in construction sector

Wed, 15 May 2019 11:08 - National Reconstruction

Luanda - Transparency is needed throughout the whole construction sector, such as in planning, financing, contracting and certification procedures, concludes a survey presented last Tuesday, in Luanda.

  • Regina Santos, head of CEIC's Renewable Energies Department
  • CEIC director, Alves da Rocha
  • Participants in the forum in which was launched the survey on Infrastructures Development Costs

The document states that a better management in the Angolan construction sector will perfect the quality of public infrastructures and raise the level of trust in the government.

Designated “Infrastructures Development Costs”, the survey was launched by the Centre for Studies and Scientific Research of the Angolan Catholic University (CEIC/UCAN) and aims to support the Executive in the promotion of the best results in its public works investments.

According to the survey, which was conducted between 2011 and 2014, the construction sector in Angolan needs to pay greater attention to planning, costs estimates, contracting, building and maintenance processes to reduce the costs of contracts, aimed to achieve the best advantages.

The study mentions that the Angolan government invested USD 64.4 billion in the construction of public infrastructures from 2002 up to 2012, and in 2017 the value rose to USD 150 billion.

The document goes on to state that in 2009, the Angolan government owed operators in the civil engineering sector roughly nine billion dollars, a situation that was caused by budgetary mismanagement.  

According to a CEIC official, Regina Santos, who presented the survey, the lack of laws and regulations is not the main cause for the persistence of various challenges in the Angolan construction sector, stressing that the cause is actually the disregard for the law.

She also emphasised that the capacity of the public administration has to be reinforced.

On his turn, CEIC director, Alves da Rocha, said that previously, throughout the process of executing public works, there were distortions that caused the rise of costs by 50 to 60 per cent more than what was outlined in the contract.  

  

Alves da Rocha pointed out also the disregard for technical analysis of public projects promoted through political influence or even policies, instead of the adoption of rigorous criteria that can stimulate economic gains and better results.