Panamanian government spends $1.3 Million to rent security vehicles
The information appears in the government web page "Panama Compra." The National Economic Council of the Ministry of Economy and Finances approved last 25 March 2008 through a unanimous vote the direct contract to the company Arrendadora Global S.A. (Budget Car and Truck Rental), for the rental of the cars, thereby bypassing the public bidding process.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
The cars will be used by Torrijos' bodyguards from 1 January through 30 June 2008. The contract already was signed between Rubén Arosemena, second vice-president and minister of the Presidency, and Julia Elida Guardia de Araúz, the President of Arrendadora Global, S.A.. This is not the first time the Ministry of the Presidency has paid for cars for Torrijos' security detail. Last December they signed a contract to rent 60 cars (among them 4x4's, mini vans, pick up trucks, a microbus, and a sedan) with the company Rent a Car Panameña, S.A., for the sum of $991,987.50.
The Civil Aviation Authority is putting out to tender the acquisition of equipment and a rescue vehicle for fire fighting aircraft, worth a million dollars.
The government has announced the provision of $6.5 million for purchasing vehicles and bulletproof vests to strengthen prevention duties in the east of the country.
With funds from the Security Fee the Judicial Council will hold a tender for the purchase of 24 armored vehicles.
The company Enterprise Rent-A-Car has announced it will be investing $12 million in the purchase of 500 vehicles to begin providing a car hire service in the country.
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