In Guatemala economic operators do not have the necessary facilities for access to public information to be used as input for their business decisions.
With the aim of finding out about progress made in the implementation of the Law on Access to Information, Citizen Action, and Transparency International evaluated the performance of websites and the information units during 2013.
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 suspension has been ordered of a $133 million disbursement for the purchase of six Super Tucano airplanes which were to be used to control of the country's airspace.
From a press release published in Diario de Centro América:
"We have doubts about whether the six Super Tucanos are overvalued. There were negotiated by the last government," indicated President Otto Perez Molina, referring to the suspension of the disbursement for $133 million for the acquisition of these light attack aircraft, to be used for airspace control.
While the government is renewing 10 contracts worth $298 million and one single company gets 23%, many question the lack of competition in this area of public procurement.
Authorities from the Ministry of Public Finance indicated that with these renewals they will have enough medicine reserves for 2012 for the Ministry of Health, the Military Medical Center and the Guatemalan Social Security Institute.
El Salvador, for example, urgently needs to pass legislation that gives citizens the right of access to official information, Marroquín said. Countries also need to establish Web pages that reveal every stage of public tenders, he added.