Quality Assurance of Major Public Infrastructure Projects in Cyprus
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The purpose of this thesis is to present the Quality Assurance scheme of Cyprus and discussissues with the implementation of the scheme, regarding structural and working culture matters.The function of a QA scheme is to ensure public investment efficiency and relevancetowards strategic goals by applying formal requirements and procedures to project proposalsfrom as early as the conceptualisation phase.An initial scoping literature review was based on international literature on quality assuranceschemes. This was followed by a study of official manuals and guidelines regarding theapplication of the new Project Selection and Appraisal framework of Cyprus. In-depth semistructured interviews resulted in the identification of implementation complications, such asdifficulties in cost estimation, definition of alternatives and projects not adhering with thegeneral strategies of the government.The QA scheme of Cyprus is a simple two step evaluation of a project s viability and affordability,performed as early as the conceptualisation phase. Key issues identified werethat proposals are presented as one main project which is compared with other secondaryalternatives, the economocentric nature of the criteria for evaluation and the low thresholdmight make the process too bureaucratic. The comparison of the QA scheme of Cyprus withsimilar schemes from Norway, United Kingdom and Netherlands, together with the analysisof implementation issues, provides the ground for recommendations of improvement of theCypriot scheme.