Nicaragua Will Hire $39 Million Infrastructure Works

The Transportation and Infrastructure ministry will award $39 million in infrastructure projects without public bidding.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Of the 123 road reparation projects that will be executed by the ministry in 2011, only the four funded with IDB resources will be put out to public bidding.

These are “improvement and rehabilitation at La Argentina – Las Tablillas road; El Congo-Empalme del Cosigüina; El Viejo-Tonalá-Puerto Morazán-Empalme del Cosigüina; and carpeting the second stage of Malpaisillo-San Isidro”.

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El Salvador: Prisons Contracts to be Made Without Tenders

April 2016

Direct procurement of works, goods and services for the operation and expansion of prisons in the country has been allowed.

The Ministry of Justice and Public Security may, in the next 12 months, sign direct contracts without putting out to tender all kinds of works, goods and services for the improvement, operation and expansion of prison infrastructure.

Purchases Without Bidding in Guatemala

July 2013

Faced with criticism over multi million dollar direct purchases, the chief of Government justified these measures saying "a bidding tender does not guarantee transparency and honesty."

In interview for with Mauricio López Bonilla, Minister of the Interior, the official said that several strategic materials needed for the National Civil Police (PNC by its initials in Spanish) such as weapons, equipment, technology and infrastructure construction, will be some of the purchases made without tender processes.

Guatemalan Government Avoids Tenders

April 2012

Purchases are awarded on a competitive basis only 18% of the time. This was the previous government’s usual practice, and it seems to be same under the administration of Perez Molina.

According to Marvin Flores, expert from transparency watchdog Acción Ciudadana (AC in Spanish), this practice lends itself to anomalous acts in government, by public officials.

El Salvador: Reforms to Public Acquisitions Law

September 2010

One of the proposed reforms is to increase the amount of the direct purchases from $16,000 to $32,000.

Another modification to the Law of Acquisitions and Contracting of the Public Administration (LACAP for its acronyms in Spanish) tries to eliminate excessive red tape in most procedures, give more transparency to the bidding processes and to include more SMEs (small and medium businesses) in these processes.

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