Barbados’ economy has developed well since independence in 1966. However, the nation has been left with a debt burden constraining the economy. The government recently agreed an economic plan with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for debt relief and better terms, with the condition that it would reduce the size of government. This has led to a massive retrenchment exercise in all Ministries. The Ministry of Transport Works and Maintenance (MTWM) has been one of the hardest hit by this reduction in staff, and in recent years has been struggling to fulfil its mandate. It is now seeking ways to get back on track. This study, “Prioritisation of Interventions for the MTWM” is among the first steps to do just that.
The Government of Barbados has recognised the need to rationalise and upgrade its operations in the field of Road Maintenance, MTMW being the only ministry in Barbados with this responsibility. This includes oversight of transport infrastructure (roads), transport services (Public Service Vehicles like Buses), and Government Buildings. With the assistance of the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) the government has commissioned this study to determine the best and most efficient interventions to build the capacity of this institution with the aim of increased sustainable output and more effectual day to day functionality.
The objective of this consultancy is to provide a detailed prioritised action plan, based on an institutional diagnostic for the Ministry of Transport and Works in order to strengthen sector governance through capacity building in key areas. Areas like:
- transport planning and asset management systems
- maintenance methodologies
- sector financing mechanisms
- quality control and assurance.