20 June 2019
According to the Asian Development Bank 2018 fact sheet, SPEA Engineering SpA – part of the Gruppo Atlantia- is one of the “top 5 consultants”. SPEA is at third place on the list of the top five Italian engineering consultancy firms, and is now a regular guest at the annual ADB Forum in Manila.
Having tendered bids in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan, SPEA has recently acquired three important contracts: one in Armenia, for the design and Direction of Works for the North-South Corridor, and two in Georgia: the first for the design of the E60 motorway (Khevi-Argyeta section), and the second for the design of the E70 motorway (Batumi-Sarpi).
On the fringes of the annual OICE shareholders’ meeting (the Italian Organisation of Engineering, Technical, and Economic Consultancy) Antonino Galatà, the CEO of SPEA and a member of the Council of OICE, says of the “top 5”: “this important result is the fruit of serious work in the field, and demonstrates yet again that our experience in the sector of the infrastructure and transport is recognised and appreciated at the international level. in every location, SPEA can not only count on its 8 branches and a subsidiary in Brazil, but also on the best skills and professionalism, collaborating as necessary with partners of the highest level”. And he underlines: “the latest OICE numbers show considerable growth in Italian consultancy ADB: from 3.89% in 2017 to 4.7% in 2018, an increase of 22%. That is the mark of an excellence that is continuing to shine its light around the world”.
As well as in Asia, SPEA operates in America, Africa, and Europe; as an affirmed global player with nearly 60 years of experience and 680 employees, SPEA’s work abroad is prevalently on multilateral bank financing, which accounts for approximately 90% of the contracts: not only for the ADB, but also the World Bank, the European Investment Bank (EIB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Inter-American Development Bank (BID).
First created in 1966, the Asian Development Bank is a multilateral institution with 67 Member States and was set up to promote development and reduce poverty in the Asian Nations and the Pacific area by granting financing and providing technical advice. As of today the ADB has committed 275.82 billion dollars with a view to inclusive and environmentally sustainable growth. In Italy, since 1966, 246 contracts worth $204.07 million have been awarded to consultants.