New figures from GlobalData show that the health of the construction sector in Latin America is worse than in most other regions, but the situation is improving.

Latin America has received an overall score of 0.17 on GlobalData’s March 2022 Construction Project Momentum Index, which provides an assessment of the health of the construction project pipeline at all stages of development from announcement through to completion.

Every construction project in GlobalData's database is assigned a score of between 5 and -5 based on its current progress, a score which is continually updated over time. These are then weighted by the value of each project in order to come to overall scores for countries, regions and sectors.

That score puts Latin America in 9th place out of 11 regions, and is an increase on its score from January 2022 (0.13) when it ranked in 11th place.

One reason for Latin America's relatively poor performance in the index is its infrastructure sector, which scores just -0.02, putting it in 9th place out of 11 regions worldwide.

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Latin America's residential sector, by contrast, has performed somewhat better, with a score of 0.43 (putting it in 9th place globally).

Within Latin America, the problems in the construction sector are most significant in Mexico, which scores just -0.19 in the index. The situation in Brazil, however, is somewhat better with a score of 0.61.

The improving health of the construction pipeline in Latin America is partly due to the resolution of issues in the region's residential sector, which has seen its score on GlobalData's Construction Project Momentum Index rise from 0.18 in January 2022 to 0.43 in March 2022.

The construction sector is also seeing fewer and fewer problems in Colombia, which has seen its score on the index go from 0.1 in January 2022 to 0.26 in March 2022.

The Construction Project Momentum Index

GlobalData's Construction Project Momentum Index is based on analysis of thousands of individual construction projects around the world.

Each project is continually monitored for updates, with updates indicating progress increasing the project's score while updates indicating delays or cancellations reduce the score. The score always sits between 5, the best possible score, and -5, the worst.

The scores for individual projects are then weighted based on their significance in order to create combined indices for each region or sector.

Events that can reduce a project's score include the project being cancelled or put on hold, delays, the rejection of applications or tender bids or the reducing of the project's scope.

Events that can increase a project's score on the index, by contrast, include the completion or commencement of construction, the awarding of major contracts, or the approval of applications.