Undercurrent struggle for public purchasing system in Costa Rica

Various government authorities are promoting three different system in efforts that seem to be heading in conflicting directions.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008


The drive to become the platform for directing all public purchases is increasing.

There is now the possibility that the purchasing system of the ICE (Costa Rica Institute of Electricity) will become the base for ordering public acquisitions and evolve to the electronic phase, which is already being disputed by CompraRed and Crcompr@s.

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