During the past 20 years, there has been a constant need to expand the capacity of Mexico City’s International Airport, accordingly to the country’s rate of growth. The increase in the rate of passenger and cargo transportation reached a point where the capacity of the current airport is clearly insufficient. In consequence, the Government of Mexico embarked in the project to develop and build the New International Airport of Mexico City (NAICM), which is the biggest infrastructure project of Mexico’s current administration and one of the three present largest infrastructural airport projects worldwide.
The procurement activity implied by the project is substantial. Public procurement is a major economic factor in OECD countries and a crucial pillar of strategic governance. Nonetheless, international experience also indicates that it is a high-risk area due to the close interaction between the private and public spheres and, in the case of major infrastructure projects, the amount of resources involved.
Given OECD’s experience of more than a decade in supporting governments to reform public procurement systems, the Government of Mexico requested its support in the form of advice and knowledge about best practices of integrity, transparency, and procurement of major infrastructure projects. The details of the initiative were formalised in an agreement signed between Mexico’s Ministry of Communications and Transport and the OECD on 9 January 2015.
Jacobo Pastor Garcia Villarreal
Senior Specialist on Integrity and Public Procurement