Parliamentary committee wants study of project implementation delays

Published: Thursday | February 14, 2013 Comments 0

The Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) of Parliament has recommended that a quantitative study be undertaken to examine the reasons for the delays across government ministries, departments and agencies in implementing critical development projects.

The recommendation comes as the committee, which comprises parliamentarians from both sides of the House of Representatives, expressed concerns about the reduction in the capital budgets for projects across a number of "critical" areas.

"There was a concern that reductions in the capital budgets for projects in the critical areas of infrastructure, energy, environment and social protection would cause delays in achieving growth and development targets," the PAAC noted.

The concern was part of a report tabled in Parliament by the committee on Tuesday after its examination of the first Supplementary Estimates for the current financial year.

The PAAC said the quantitative study it was recommending should begin with the problem of pre-contractual delays, which should be "measured against the opportunity cost to the growth in the GDP".

The committee said it noted that there was a net reduction in the Budget of 1.6 per cent, largely due to the reduction in debt-servicing requirements and the slow implementation of capital projects.

"(This was) occasioned, in many respects, by the pre-implementation stages to include procurement and project design activities," the PAAC report said.

The committee also recommended that the coordinating mechanisms to monitor projects be strengthened "to ensure that all prior actions are done in a sequential way to guarantee that programmes are implemented in a timely manner".

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