Companies that carry out construction work for the government will have to set up CCTVs in order to monitor projects in real time.
The rule applies from this year for all projects worth more than $116,000, and contractors must publish the IP address on the public procurement website, Guatecompras.
Luis Catalan, Undersecretary of Public Investment, told Elperiodico.com.gt that in addition"... for this year georeferencing is mandatory for all projects, which according to the classification of the Ministry of Finance, are considered fixed capital."
A new procurement law defines reference prices for the tenders, regulates reverse auctions, and establishes Guatecompras as the only system to be used to manage purchases.
Congress has approved the first amendments to the Law on Government Procurements, among which is the establishment of Guatecompras as the only system authorized for state institutions to make purchases from.
The Ministry of Government of Guatemala has awarded eight companies with contracts for the purchase of equipment and uniforms for the National Civil Police.
Using the 'By Exception' purchase method and restricted to firms previously invited to bid, the Interior Ministry awarded contracts to eight companies for the supply of computer equipment and telecommunications, electricity, security and armaments, textiles and others items for $37 million.
The Spanish company Talent Ingeniería, Instalaciones y Servicios S.L., had been awarded the construction of phase 2 of the plant 's wastewater treatment plant area in San Benito, Petén .
The note sent by the Controller General of Accounts (CGC) to the Minister of Environment and Natural Resources , Roxana Sobenes, which recommends cancelling the process reveals " ... that in the review of documents it was determined that the tender does not require the company awarded the conession to show specific evidence of prequalifications for the works and its specialty, which would guarantee its economic and technical capacity to implement the project," noted an article in Prensalibre.com.
The Ministry of Government in Guatemala is planning to build a 10-story building to be used by the Intelligence department.
According to Mauricio Lopez, chief of the institution, the idea is that the new building will be the headquarters for the technology platform project and Plan C4I (command, control, communications, computers and intelligence). "It's a great space that is being wasted and we need to construct a building for the technology platform," he said.
Indications have been made of anomalies in the award of a contract for security services for nearly $7 million awarded by the National Electrification Institute.
On February 4 the National Electrification Institute (INDE) published on Guatecompras the tender for "Hiring Security and Safety Services and for the INDE's assets facilities, companies and agencies", however to date there has been no publication of the award of the services. In addition, other companies who participated in the process were not informed why they their offers were rejected .
In Guatemala, competing again in the tender for the elaboration of 500,000 passports, is the same company that 10 months was ceased from issuing these documents by the government.
According to an article in S21.com.gt, "Corporación Inmobiliaria La Luz, the company which 10 months ago the Government refused to continue working with for issuing Guatemalan passports is once again competing for a contract that would allow them to make 500,000 of these booklets. "
The portal Guatecompras has disabled the access for purchasing and procurement to 214 taxpayers who are in arrears in tax payments
Elperiodico.com.gt reports that "A total of 214 individuals and companies were disabled by the administrator of the state’s e-procurement portal (www.guatecompras.gt) for the past two days, because they have tax debts with the Superintendency of Tax Administration (SAT), and therefore can not participate in the process of purchasing and procurement. "
The Ministry of Finance in Guatemala has reactivated procurement procedures for medicines which had been suspended due to allegations of improprieties in the process.
On the basis of a possible shortage of medicines in the Social Security Institute (IGSS), the Ministry of Finance (Mifin), has revived the purchase of medicines, rejecting appeals by several companies that had reported defects in the process.
The Honduran Council of Private Enterprise says that reform of the Law on Income Tax is unconstitutional because it is confiscatory.
An article in Elheraldo.hn reports that "The Honduran Council of Private Enterprise (COHEP) argues that legislative approval of the Evasion Measures Act to income tax is unconstitutional, confiscatory and violates a judgment of the Supreme Court dated February 1, 2012. "
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