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".
The new version of "Panama Compra", to be available shortly, will allow suppliers to submit electronic proposals.
Looking for savings, both for the government and its suppliers, the second version of the state's purchasing system, "Panama Compra", will allow providers to send their product and services proposals electronically, without the need of going to the office of state purchases.
Although progress has been made in the last years, technology adoption must be much faster, specially in government paperwork.
The implementation of Digital Signatures is one of the top must-does. Although the legal framework has been ready for more than a year now, regulation and norms have only been approved a couple of days ago, and there is still no entity responsible of administering and supervising the system.
Truism: management practices for businesses during times of crisis cannot be the same as those used during boom times.
Even though Panama appears to be doing a better job of dealing with the global crisis compared to other countries in the region, signs of a slowdown are clear. Commercial activity has decreased nearly 10% in the first quarter of 2009.