Saudi Arabia’s Transport Ministry has invited firms to bid by 5 August for the contract to establish its project management office (PMO).
The Ministry of Transport’s PMO is one of the largest projects planned by Riyadh and is expected to require more than 300 consultants.
MEED understands the Ministry of Electricity and Water, Riyadh Municipality, the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, and Ministry of Interior are also planning large PMOs requiring more than 300 staff.
PMOs are also planned for other transport-related entities such as the General Authority for Civil Aviation (Gaca), Saudi Ports Authority, and Saudi Railways Organisation (SRO).
PMOs are central to Riyadh’s overhaul of the public sector, and will help regulate and plan future capital expenditure projects in the kingdom. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud has been highly critical of past projects that have run over budget, not been completed on time, or failed to effectively support economic growth in the kingdom.
Altogether, 50 ministries and government entities will set up a PMO to be overseen by the National Project, O&M Management Organisation (Mashroat).
In February 2017, US firm Bechtel was appointed to support setting up and operating Mashroat, which was formed by the Ministry of Economy and Planning in 2015 and will help Saudi government agencies deliver complex infrastructure projects.
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