The Government of Liberia, through the Infrastructure Implementation Unit (IIU) of the Ministry of Public Works (MPW) has approved a comprehensive framework for implementation of donor and government funded projects. The Infrastructure Implementation Unit (IIU) established in October 2009, has been given the mandate to manage transport infrastructure projects on behalf of MPW. The IIU is an interim arrangement that will eventually transition to a semi-autonomous Road Agency.
The IIU has entered this new phase of development with several ongoing and planned civil works projects. These are, Output and Performance Based Road Contracts (OPRC) under Design Build and Transfer (DBT) methodology, as well as input based FIDIC type of contracts. They are technically and contractually challenging; demanding experience and knowledge in the areas of road asset management, pavement management, procurement and contractual knowledge that are currently not readily available in country. The new approaches identified above also reflect the changes necessary for IIU’s transition from a supervisory agency to a road asset manager.