Panama to Buy "Green"

Ten state institutions have adjusted their catalogs to the concept of acquiring products and services that meet sustainability standards.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Eldis Sanchez, Director of Public Procurement, noted that "the government buys goods and services worth up to $3 billion a year, of that total, $200 million are made through the electronic catalog at website PanamaCompra".

Panama was chosen by the UN as one of the pilot countries for the implementation of a sustainable public procurement project. The plan is to introduce within this catalog products and services that have specifications and sustainability standards through regulations to be established by the participants of the United Nations Program for the Environment (UNEP).

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