One million square meters are awaiting construction permits in a country where 13 institutions have to be visited in order to collect a license.
For the Municipality of Guatemala to give out a building permit, the applicant must obtain approval from the Ministries of Environment, Culture and Sports, the General Property Registry, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, the National Forestry Institute, the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction, the Office for Territorial Control and the district capital departments of Works, Historic Center, Environment and Land and from the Empagua.
The Ministry of Health has announced that the next acquisition worth $7 million is planned for the coming weeks and will be made through the Central American joint procurement mechanism.
For the first acquisition of 23,900 doses of five drugs by Guatemala using the mechanism of Joint Negotiation of Prices and Medicine Purchses with the other countries of the regionl, $7 million will be allocated, explained officials from the Ministry of Health.
The Ministry of Health has announced that it has agreed to pay in November $13.1 million of the $73 million that it owes for the purchase of medicines, and the rest in the first quarter of 2015.
After having made a payment a few days ago of $3.2 million, part of the total debt of which the state owes pharmaceutical companies, the government announced that an agreement has been reached for the remaining payments, one part will be paid this month and the balance next year.
Due to a Union dispute the control area of medicines and related products remains closed, preventing the import of chemicals and drugs.
The National Health Laboratory Services and the Food and Drug counter at the Ministry of Health are also closed. This situation affects the private sector, as there is no ability to complete the paperwork for "... importing of manufactured drugs, affecting not only the chemicals and pharmaceutical industry, but also food, sugar mills, agrochemicals, etc. . Fernando López, president of the Chamber of Industry of Guatemala (CIG), reported that if this situation continues losses could amount to $100 thousand (about Q776 thousand). "
In Guatemala a contract has been awarded to the company Arcos Proyecciones S.A. for the construction of an emergency health center building in Esquipulas, Chiquimula department.
On August 21, the Ministry of Health, through the Department of Health in Chiquimula, decided to award the contract for the work "Contract for the Emergency Medical Center Project in Esquipulas" to the company Arcos Proyecciones S.A., which presented an offer of $10.8 million, according to information on the purchasing website Guatecompras.gt.
The government has extended for another year three open contracts for the provision of medical supplies, which should have expired in 2010.
Three ministerial agreements published in the Diario de Centro America explain that the measure was taken to avoid the shortage of drugs such as "analgesics and anti-inflammatories, antacids, antiemetics, anti-flatulents, enzymes, laxatives, oral nutrition, muscle relaxants, antihypertensives, anti-infectious, and antiseptics ... ", reported Prensalibre.com.
Technical assistance and training will be provided for the public institutions who will be involved in the implementation of the agreement.
"AA-Integration Project" will take place in a period of 80 months with a $11.6 million investment, of which $9.1 million will be provided by the European Union and the rest by the Guatemalan government.
Guatemala did not participate in the final joint price negotiations and purchase of medicines at the regional level in the month of June.
Since 2008, Guatemala has not participated in any regional purchase of medicines, missing out on the opportunity to make savings by buying in bulk.
The negotiations ended in June with six pharmaceutical companies, for the purchase of 19 drugs, representing savings of $16 million for the region, "... thereby allowing optimization of institutional budgets for the purchase of drugs while ensuring access to medicines for the population", reported the Pan American Health Organization.
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.
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