Increase in Direct Purchases Limit in Guatemala

The New State Purchases Law would increase the limit in direct purchases from $3,700 to $9,300

Thursday, March 19, 2009


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Additionally, the Comptroller General of Accounts is proposing that the direct purchase process should be done with a bidding stage. Carlos Menco, head of the Comptroller's Office, told the Periódico of Guatemala that "the proposal is for a bid to be published on the website for such acquisitions, but the competition should not go through the same terms as a tender."

Among the amendments to the Act, it is also established that "the purchases that exceed 10 thousand Quetzals ($ 1233) must be published in the Guatecompras portal."

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