US Project Management firm AECOM is to return to Libya.
Mahmoud Ajaj, Chairman of the Housing and Infrastructure Board (HIB), said that he expected AECOM to return in August, with an advance team probably arriving in July.
He said that the company would provide project supervision, training, and knowledge transfer. He expected over one thousand Libyans would receive training, but according to Libya Herald he gave no details about the duration or value of the contract.
He added that Libya will be undertaking large projects and needs help from outside. AECOM will have a role in assessing contractors, and Ajaj confirmed that unsatisfactory contractors would be replaced. AECOM is also expected to help Libya negotiate with its present contractors regarding their claims and status.
Ajaj also commented that the HIB had only received LD 1.5 billion in the 2013 budget of LD 66 billion, versus a request from the HIB of about LD 32 billion.
He forecast that the private sector will play an increasing role in the construction sector.
(Source: Libya Herald)