Assessment of highway infrastructure projects in Latin America and Perú from the competences point of view

Open access


It is stressed that Latin America and Peru should become more competitive. Under the actual development scenarios, attention to competences of programme managers and project managers related to public transportation infrastructure projects has risen substantially. An inefficient bureaucratic system is related with deficiencies of people skills and competences. On the other hand, an excellent system demands quality of the system and quality of people working in it. Thus, it is important to have excellence in administration and excellent administrators in the public sector. Three main lacking elements have been identified: i) lack of good education; ii) absence of fair salaries in the public sector; and iii) lack of incentives. Many misconceptions and disputed consequences have been observed and analyzed. It is clear that there is lack of competence among infrastructure transport project managers and teams, which causes trouble with the main goal of Peru getting benefits from these investments and achieving sustainable development. Furthermore, the right way to achieve these benefits is through a new model of education for project managers and programme managers in Peru. This education should be based more on competences than on qualifications. Thus, the International Project Management Association (IPMA) competence baseline, which is the standard that best fits to these needs, needs to be implemented to achieve the real contribution and benefits of these projects to society.

Ansar, A., Flyvbjerg, B., Budzier, A., & Lunn, D. (2016). Does infrastructure investment lead to economic growth or economic fragility? Evidence from China. Oxford Review of Economic Policy, 32(3), pp. 360-390.

Asociación para el Fomento de la Infraestructura Nacional, AFIN. (2012). Por un Perú integrado: plan nacional de infraestructura 2012-2021. AFIN, Asociación para el Fomento de la Infraestructura Nacional, Lima.

Córdova, É. (2014, 04 09). La productividad del Perú es de las más bajas de la región. El Comercio, Perú. Available at

Diallo, A., & Thuillier, D. (2005). The success of international development projects, trust and communication: An African perspective. International Journal of Project Management, 23(3), pp. 237-252.

Euromonitor International. (2013). Labour Productivity. Retrieved from Labour productivity. Available at

Instituto Peruano de Economía. (2012). Abriendo las puertas de la gran transformación. Retrieved from Abriendo las puertas de la gran transformación. Available at

IPMA. (2006). IPMA Competence Baseline 3.0. Available at

Jones, D. S. (1999). Public administration in Singapore: Continuity and reform. In: Wong, H.K., & Chang, H. S. (eds.), Handbook of Comparative Public Administration in the Asia-Pacific Basin. Marcel Dekker, Inc, New York, pp. 1-22.

Kotschwar, B. (2012). Transportation and communication infrastructure in Latin America: lessons from Asia. Retrieved from Transportation and communication infrastructure in Latin America: Lessons from Asia. Available at

Ministerio de Educación de Perú. (2017). Marco Curricular Nacional. Retrieved from Marco Curricular Nacional. Available at

OECD. (2016). Promoting productivity for inclusive growth in Latin America. Retrieved from Promoting productivity for inclusive growth in Latin America. Available at

Proética. (2015). Encuesta nacional sobre percepciones de la corrupcion 2015. Available at

Project Management Institute, PMI. (1999). The role of trust in project management. In: Proceedings of the PMI Research Conference. Project Management Institute, Inc.

Provias Nacional. (2016). Intervenciones en la Red Vial Nacional. Available at

Rafique Rahman, A. (1986). Legal and administrative measures against bureaucratic corruption in Asia in Bureaucratic Corruption in Asia: Causes, consequences and control. In: Cariño, L. V., & Alfiler, M. C. (eds.), Bureaucratic Corruption in Asia - Causes, Consequences, and Controls. JMC Press, Manila, pp. 109-162.

The World Bank. (2014). World Development Indicators. Available at

Van Rijckeghem, C., & Weder, B. (1997). Corruption and the rate of temptation. Do low wages in the civil service cause corruption?. In: IMF working paper, 97/73.

Vanham, P. (2016). Éste es el año en que cambiará todo para América Latina. Available at:

Watson, A. (2016). What makes a project manager competent? Available at project-manager.

World Economic Forum, WEF. (2016). The Global Competitiveness Report 2015-2016. Available at

Zaghloul, R., & Hartman, F. (2002). Construction contracts: The cost of mistrust. In: Proceedings of the IRNOP V Conference. Renesse, The Netherlands

Organization, Technology and Management in Construction: an International Journal

Co-published with University of Zagreb, Faculty of Civil Engineering

Journal Information


All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 0 0 0
Full Text Views 267 267 45
PDF Downloads 264 264 46