Polish construction companies to be invited into road tenders

APA - Austria Presse Agentur
opublikowano: 04-12-2006, 10:44

Warsaw (Puls Biznesu) – Roads are not being built as fast as planned by the government because foreign construction companies demand much higher payment than the state can afford. The state-owned agency comes up with a solution.

Warsaw (Puls Biznesu) – Roads are not being built as fast as planned by the government because foreign construction companies demand much higher payment than the state can afford. The state-owned agency comes up with a solution.

 

Nearly all offers submitted to the Polish road and high-ways authorities (GDDKiA) are much higher than expected. The agency can either cancel the tender or pay more. Delays can meant that Poland will lose EU funds. GDDKiA has an idea, however.

“We want to implement changes in the tenders so that not only big international companies but also smaller local ones can take part in them. In the recent years, the Polish firms has strengthened their machine parks and have been subcontractors at many projects so they have experience in road investment”, Zbigniew Kotlarek, the temporary general director at GDDKiA said.

 

The Polish companies are looking forward to these changes.

“It is important that the requirements concerning the machines are changed. It often happens that big international companies say that they have machines which are, for example, in Africa. If the tender requirements are changed, we will take part in them with a pleasure”, Janusz Drozdz, the head of a construction company from Minsk Mazowiecki said.

“According to our data, the big firms taking part in tenders, conduct only 27 percent of the works. The rest is done by subcontractors. We have postulated for a long time now to change the tender conditions in order to let more companies into them”, Wojciech Malusi, the CEO of the Polish Economic Chamber of Road Building said.

However, new conditions may not necessarily mean lower prices, he warned.

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