The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)

UNOPS joins UN team helping government of Mexico deliver new transport project

UNOPS will help support the Mayan Train project – a new 1,500-kilometre intercity railway in southeastern Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula.

Working with the National Fund for Tourism Development, UN-Habitat, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNOPS will provide technical assistance to help improve compliance with international standards in project management, tendering processes, and design and construction of railway infrastructure.

Mexico’s southeastern states of Chiapas, Campeche, Tabasco, Yucatán and Quintana Roo have not experienced the same levels of economic development as their central and northern neighbours.

Currently set for a 2023 opening, the aim of the Mayan Train is to stimulate the region's economy – bringing jobs and tourism while creating a more connected transport system for every citizen.

During the first phase of the project, UNOPS will provide assistance in the preliminary and design studies, advise on the tendering process for the acquisition of trains and advise on the formulation of the business model for the train service. 

UNOPS will also support the bidding processes for public contracts and various aspects of the construction work during the second phase.

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