The UK Government’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) appointed Crossrail International (CI), in association with leading UK design and construction consultants Arup and Mace, to provide expert advice to the Peruvian Ministry of Economy and Finance on the design, development and use of Project Management Offices (PMOs) for public infrastructure programmes in Peru. The commission was integral to the implementation of the Cross Whitehall Prosperity Fund Global Infrastructure Programme activity in Peru, forming part of a series of UK support activities to support Peru in addressing its infrastructure gap.
The advisory team’s scope included conceptual design of PMO models appropriate to Peru, taking into consideration Peru’s legal framework as well as the design, financing, construction, expansion, rehabilitation, operation and maintenance of infrastructure programmes. The team’s design also addressed capacity building with Peruvian public sector authorities involved in infrastructure project management, building on the PMO experience gained from the special UK-Peru partnership that delivered the XVIII Pan American Games held in Lima in 2019.
The infrastructure sector in Peru has faced many challenges in recent years, often resulting in stalled projects and poor delivery. Peru’s infrastructure gap is estimated at US$160 billion with a pipeline backlog of over 400 projects. The Peruvian Ministry of Economy and Finance identified the lack of capacity to manage large and complex projects as a particular challenge.