El Comercio Newspaper
President Martín Vizcarra announced that the United Kingdom was the winner of the contract through which reconstruction works will be carried out in the areas affected by the El Niño Coastal Phenomenon. Minutes later, the United Kingdom ambassador to the Country Kate Harrisson said she was “delighted” with the choice.
“I am delighted that Peru has chosen the United Kingdom to develop this important program of rebuilding vital infrastructure. We are committed to working hand in hand with @AutoridadRCC to build hospitals and schools,” wrote the ambassador on her social networks.
Likewise, she expressed that they would focus on “reinforcing the work on flood prevention and ensuring a knowledge transfer program that secures its continuity in future projects.” The president announced at a press conference that the nations will invest S / 7 billion in reconstruction works over a two-year period, the time it will take to complete the projects. For the second half of this year, the Peruvian government anticipates that around S / 1,500 million of the total amount will be invested. According to Vizcarra, the program stipulates that 15 hospitals will be built in Piura, Lambayeque, La Libertad, Áncash and Lima.
In the education sector, both governments are going to work on the construction of 74 educational institutions in regions such as Tumbes, Piura, Lambayeque, La Libertad, Áncash, Lima, Cajamarca and Huancavelica. The head of state also explained that Tumbes, Piura (Sullana and Paita), Lambayeque (Chiclayo), La Libertad (Trujillo) will have storm drainage systems to minimize the impact of the natural phenomenon. Likewise, comprehensive treatment will be provided to 17 rivers on the Peruvian coast affected by El Niño and streams such as Huaycoloro and San Ildefonso.
La Republica Newspaper
Yesterday the government-to-government agreement signing ceremony between Peru and the United Kingdom was carried out for the execution of Reconstruction works in 9 regions affected by the El Niño phenomenon. “We cannot allow nature to punish us every certain period of the year because we do not make definitive but palliative interventions. We want a comprehensive solution so that damage and destruction can be controlled in the future”, stated the President of the Republic, Martín Vizcarra.
Also, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson stressed that the agreement will make it possible to repair the damage caused more than three years ago. “It couldn’t be more on time because the devastation caused by El Niño in 2017 showed us all that climate change is important, it is happening right now and we must face it today. This agreement will help us repair the damage caused by nature three and a half years ago, “he said.
With an investment of S / 7,000 million, it seeks to deliver 120 projects, which will generate approximately 30,000 direct jobs in the first two years (2021-2022). Through this agreement, the United Kingdom will provide technical assistance for the construction of integral solutions in the management of 17 rivers, 5 streams and storm drainage in 7 coastal cities. In addition, the contract will promote the reconstruction works of 15 health establishments and 74 schools. The projects are located in Tumbes, Piura, Lambayeque, Cajamarca, La Libertad, Áncash, Lima, Ica and Huancavelica.
For this year, the Authority for Reconstruction with Changes (ARCC) plans to launch tenders valued at S / 1,000 million. The first calls for business contracting processes will begin in August.
What does this model contract consist of? Through technical assistance in Program Management (PMO), the British Government will provide the necessary internal governance structure, strategy and processes to align the activities of the entire ARCC for the timely delivery of all works. In this way, they will carry out the detailed follow-up and monitoring of the entire schedule, costs, changes, information, risks and opportunities. They will also be in charge of contracting for the provision of goods and services, preparation of technical files and the execution of works. “This process will be agile and transparent and will encourage the participation of multiple bidders with a contracting platform that allows them to be tracked,” said the ARCC.
It should be noted that this is the second Government-to-Government agreement signed between Peru and the United Kingdom, which will follow the same execution model implemented for the Lima 2019 Pan American Games. “In the midst of the Covid-19 crisis, the UK is committed to working with the Reconstruction Authority to ensure a robust knowledge transfer program for large infrastructure projects,” said UK Ambassador to Peru Kate Harrisson .
Martín Vizcarra. Republic President
“We are thinking not of a short-term reconstruction, but of long-term projects that the population demands. It is not only investment and jobs, it is improving the standard of living of citizens.”
Boris Johnson. British Prime Minister
“This project will also help put Peru, its economy, and its people on the path to a more resilient and inclusive future. We are committed to working with transparency, efficiency and sustainability”.