Louis Berger lands $2.7m Gabon roads upgrade deal
Project management firm will also train 20 Gabon-based businesses on long-term road maintenance
Louis Berger is part of an international consortium that has land $2.71m European Union-funded technical assistance contract for road maintenance in Gabon, West Africa.
As part of the contract, the project management firm will train approximately 20 Gabon-based small- and medium-sized businesses by providing the knowledge and capabilities needed to maintain and monitor the country’s roads long term.
Louis Berger is assisting public and private sector organisations in Gabon to improve maintenance of the country's road network. Louis Berger's work in the Middle East includes project management services on the Doha Metro Gold Line in Qatar, engineering work on the rehabilitation and expansion of Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, Jordan, and the work to improve Sheikh Zayed Street in Abu Dhabi.
The contract, part of Gabon’s Sector Governance Support Program, is the second that Louis Berger has won in the last eight years. Between 2007 and 2012, the company also was involved in the program’s previous phase, providing institutional capacity building for public and private sector organisations working to improve the maintenance of Gabon’s road network.
“It is critical that long-term sustainability and viability considerations be taken into account for these types of projects,” said Jean-Pierre Dupacq, head of Louis Berger’s operations in Africa. “Through training, knowledge sharing and coaching with the Gabonese public and private sectors, Louis Berger is promoting lower total cost of ownership and equipping local actors to be vendors of choice for future road construction and maintenance in the country.”
The Sector Governance Support Program is a near $1.15bn partnership between the European Union and the International Monetary Fund to improve the management of strategic sectors in Gabon, such as public finance, mining, biodiversity and road maintenance.