According to the consolidated management report of the Directorate General for Public Contracting (DGCP), the total amount was over $2.446 billion.
La Estrella published the results of the report: "More than 8,219 public contracts were minor purchases whose value did not exceed $30 thousand. In addition, there were 6,928 direct purchases, 281 bids for best value, 3,293 public tenders and 31,677 purchase orders through the Electronic Products and Services Catalog PanamaCompra. "
The new version of "Panama Compra", to be available shortly, will allow suppliers to submit electronic proposals.
Looking for savings, both for the government and its suppliers, the second version of the state's purchasing system, "Panama Compra", will allow providers to send their product and services proposals electronically, without the need of going to the office of state purchases.
This year the Government will purchase bulk flight tickets via public contest, at the website panamacompra.gob.pa.
Eldis Iván Sánchez, director of Government Purchases, explained they are preparing the bidding rules.
"Once the public contest is done, we will create an electronic catalog, in which the different entities will be able to purchase their tickets via internet, faster and more transparently", reported Prensa.com.
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