“Chile has probably one of
the cleanest, most
—Charles Spencer, general manager,
Spencer Global Chile, Temuco, Chile
“Integration among disciplines, areas
or phases inside projects is the most
important task to solve. It’s also a challenge for managers to find, promote and
mentor people at the practitioner level
to help in that integration,” says Jorge A.
Nemiña, PMP, acting project services
regional manager of the project delivery
firm Sinclair Knight Merz, Santiago.
Poland’s meteoric rise to the top of the
economic up-and-comers took a tragic
turn in April when a plane crash killed
Polish President Lech Kaczynski, along
with many of the country’s top political, military and banking leaders. The
vacuum left creates a somewhat chaotic
business world and leaves many projects
in doubt, but the country’s long-term
prospects remain strong.
While much of Europe stagnated,
Poland boasted an annual GDP growth
of 5 percent through 2009. Its infrastructure sector grew 8. 5 percent to
US$14.6 billion, largely courtesy of its
European Union membership, reports
Business Monitor International.
“The European Union alone will
soon be investing € 60 billion in infrastructure projects in Poland,” says Peter
Hostrup Rasmussen, vice president,
COWI, a Kongens Lyngby, Denmark-based consultancy that will perform
project feasibility studies.
The many ongoing megaprojects face
a major stumbling block if the funding
spigot dries up, however. Greece’s sovereign default has hit the European Union
hard, stalling funds for Poland’s infrastructure development.
The reality is that Poland remains
highly dependent on Western Europe,
much of which remains mired in an
“I don’t believe that Eastern European
emerging markets can really recover if
the West doesn’t,” says Krzysztof Smigiel,
PMP, chairman and CEO of AK&K
Consulting International, a project management training firm in Brno, Czech
If funds come through, the country
will focus on the Trans-European
Transport Networks, which aims to
connect Central and Eastern Europe
with Western Europe’s motorways, rail
lines and waterways.
On the domestic front, some
much-needed rail projects are in the
works, including a US$1.4 billion
megaproject to construct a new section of the Warsaw metro. The country is also slated to revamp up to
3,000 kilometers ( 1,800 miles) of
highways in the next year and a half.
Utilities, which make up one-third
of the infrastructure sector, have seen
a number of large-scale projects as
well. Oil refiner PKN Orlen is planning two power plants with a combined price tag of US$1.07 billion,
while electric energy titan Energa and
Belgian engineering firm ES International have joined forces to build a
US$1.39 billion plant.
Another driving force in project
growth is the 2012 European Football
Championship, which Poland will co-host with Ukraine. To accommodate
the 500,000 visitors expected during
the three-week tournament, Poland initiated a massive construction blitz for
sports complexes (building three new
stadiums and renovating three others),
airport and rail infrastructure, and