Guatemala: State Purchases Law Modified

State institutions will now have to publish in the web site "Guatecompras" their direct purchases over $1.207.

Friday, September 11, 2009


In another modification, the State is now obliged to publish information on all the phases of the purchasing process.

From "... article 23, obliges the state to reveal the basis, technical specifications, evaluation criteria, questions, answers, lists of suppliers, statements of award and contracts, in all the stages of the bidding process".

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Guatemala: New Regulations for State Acquisitions

April 2010

The Public Finances Ministry introduced new regulations for state acquisition of goods or services.

Suppliers are now required to declare under oath, in the submitted proposals, that all the included information is true.

Additionally, in order to be included in the state’s supplier registry, companies must detail the identities of owners, representatives, directors and shareholders.

Guatemala: State Contracting Law Under Consideration

February 2009

Within the amendments of the Contracting Law, a proposal was formulated to implement changes in the web site Guatecompras. publishes in its website: "If these modifications are incorporated into the initiative—that is to be approved in its third reading—, the national and international agencies and the associations and trusts, among others, will be obligated to use Guatecompras."

New Regulations for Guatecompras

January 2010

The Finance Ministry is reviewing a series of changes done to the State Purchases law.

On December 2009 they modified part of the 8th article, removing the possibility of renting real estate, machinery and equipment without a bidding process.

"This also applies to purchasing literature, either scientific or artistic", reported

Additional Requirements for Government Suppliers in Guatemala

March 2011

As of April 1st suppliers of goods and services for the State must send copies of legal and financial documentation through web portal Guatecompras.

The legislation seeks greater control of suppliers and to prevent money laundering.

Providers who fail to comply with the rules cannot make offers to any government agencies.

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