The counter reform of the Public Procurement Act prohibits hiring companies whose representatives have been convicted of crimes against public administration, money laundering or terrorism.
Panamanian authorities are still in the process of reversing the amendments made to the Public Procurement Act 22 during the government of Ricardo Martinelli, such as the "abbreviated tenders" or "less pressing contracts".
Once again the $8 million tender for studies and design of the Children's Hospital has been suspended, due to new objections about the specifications.
The controversial project, which has been on hold for more than two years, has been slowed down once again after the suspension of submission of bids, which had been scheduled for September 29, for preliminary studies and designs.
In order to resolve a tie situation between two of the bidders the administration of Panama City airport has ordered the cancelation of the tender and will be holding another one next month.
The consortiums Brillantex and Treoc Tocumen submitted proposals valued at $6.9 million and both met the specifications established in the tender, therefore the evaluation committee had to choose between two options: choose the proponent who is credited as an SME with the Authority of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (Ampyme) or direct the proponents to submit a second offer.
The Ministry of Health is to assess the economic proposals presented in the tender for the construction of a new Children's Hospital.
Under the order of the Public Procurement Directorate, the Ministry of Health will review again the economic proposals of the companies that participated in the tender for the construction of the new Children's Hospital, on 18 November.
After several complaints from bidders in the tender for a project management services, the works on the South Terminal are progressing without any supervisor to certify them.
On August 23 the evaluation committee for the tender for project management services, presented a report stating that the highest score was awarded to the consortium ADPI / Ayesa / Csa / Cemosa while points were reduced for Prointec with the score being downgraded from 98 to 95.5 points and it was confirmed the Louis Berger Group received 96.5 points.
Ten state institutions have adjusted their catalogs to the concept of acquiring products and services that meet sustainability standards.
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".
Authorities plan a system for the state to buy goods and services that meet internationally recognized environmental standards.
From a press release issued by the National Environmental Authority (ANAM):
Recently the National Environmental Authority (ANAM) and the Public Procurement Directorate (CMPD) and the Center for Industrial Technology and Information Management (CEGESTI) of Costa Rica, held a meeting to publicize an initiative to implement in the future the Sustainable Public Procurement system (CPS), in Panama.
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