Sunday, February 20, 2011
There is much money being spent on reconstruction (a more correct term would be construction) in Afghanistan. Most of these projects are not completed on time and run over on the projected costs. In a no-bid environment where security is an illusion and corruption amongst Afghan government officials is rampart - this is expected. U.S. construction firms had a hard time operating in that environment and are criticized for not finishing projects on time. One example of this is the task of providing electricity to southern Afghanistan. The firm Black & Veatch Corporation is very involved in that endeavor. Read of the difficulties with major construction projects in Afghanistan in "Black & Veatch's fog-of-war contract in Afghanistan", The Kansas City Star, February 20, 2011.