New Information Technology System for PanamaCompra

With an investment of $3 million, the State’s Director of Procurements intends to launch PanamaCompra version 2.0 by mid-2009.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009


Since its implementation 27 months ago, there have been over 180 thousand procurements in which some 13 thousand companies participated for an amount over $2.2 billion. reported the statements of the director general of public procurements, Edilberto Ruiz: "This new version consists of the automation of public procurements and the implementation of electronic commerce tools. The State’s procurement system has received a 'radical transformation'."

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PanamaCompra to improve information system

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The company is looking to offer more security and guarantee to system user and to make progress in automating the government purchase cycle.

Representatives of the Department of Public Contracts and Chilean company, SONDA S.A., signed the order yesterday to proceed with the installation of the new PanamaCompra computer platform.

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