Govt ups efforts to monitor mega-projects

The Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources (MMEWR) have set up the Programme Management Office (PMO) to manage government projects and ensure compliance with the policies.

The launch of PMO comes on the backdrop of numerous bungled government mega projects with some of the delays and poor delivery blamed on lack of skilled project managers, inability to attract and retain skilled project engineers and lack of project management processes.

Speaking at the signing ceremony of a US grant to finance the PMO held in Gaborone yesterday, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources, Boikobo Paya said the government continues to partner with the private sector to deliver infrastructure but some of the companies do not add value to the economy.  “They are characterised by poor supervision, poor tender documentation, deploying less skilled personnel whilst charging high rates for skilled professionals,” he said.

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