Nicaraguans draw swords over law on government contracts

Nicaraguan opposition legislators and the private sector organization, Cosep, are proposing a reform in the law that governs government contracts.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

The proposal challenges a government plan to change the law. The opposition says the government plan will merely encourage more cronyism in the award of contracts. "What we want is a level playing field," an opposition spokesman said.

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This week, the National Assembly began the consultation process for the new State Contracting Law.

The legislative initiative, which was presented in April of 2008, promotes greater transparency and facilitation of the bid processes of the state.

Laprensa.com.ni highlights comments by Representative Wálmaro Gutiérrez: "This week, they will meet with the Nicaraguan Counsel of Micro-, Small-, and Medium-Sized Businesses (Conimypime) and then with the departments of Education, Transportation and Infrastructure, and Health, which bid out about 75 percent of the government’s projects."

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