The Institute of Aqueducts and Sewage Systems in Panama is putting out to tendertransportation, distribution and supply of drinking water for the areas, Chilibre, Tocumen, Pacora, Tanara, Chepo, Colon, San Miguelito, Chorrera and Arraijan.
A recently passed law authorizes the sale of shares owned by the Panamanian government in 10 companies with a minimum value of $2 billion.
These companies are known as 'empresas mixtas' (joint venture companies) because they include the participation of public and private capital, among them are power generation companies and the three distributors that emerged after the privatization of the former Institute of Water and Electricity (IRHE by its initials in Spanish). The Panamanian government, in addition to having the right to participate in the decision of these companies, also receives part of the profits they make.
High fuel prices are seriously affecting the economy, making it necessary to consider removing the state monopoly in favor of free importation.
Jorge Guardia in an opinion piece in Nacion.com explains that the country must make two important decisions, the first is what to do with Recope and the second how to reduce fuel costs. He sets out three options for the first situation.
The work to be tendered next year will be 6.2 miles longer than the first line, having a total length of 22 kilometers.
The project cost is still unknown, however, it has been revealed that the original proposal by the Secretariat of the Panama Metro has undergone some modifications. For example, the original route ran from Carmen church, where it interconnected with line one, following the Ricardo J. Alfaro road to the bridge of San Miguelito, where it would have continued until Dicembre 24," reported Prensa.com.
Real estate projects in Costa Rica face a tough time expanding due to lack of drinking water in several areas of the country.
Projects developed in cantons such as Escazu or Santa Ana and Mora are being affected by this problem, where local permits for the expansion of properties are held in limbo. "In Guayabo there was interest in the possibility of doing some kind of social project for the people of that Canton, but we've run into the problem of lack of water and the value of the land which is creating a problem with the housing issue ... " said the Mayor of Mora Gilberto Monge.
The plan is to invest $100 million in a large reservoir that would supply water to more than 350 thousand people.
The project would be located "in about 21 farms that are currently devoted to livestock, as the land is not very fertile for agriculture, by contrast, they are very calcígenos and have a block of stone under the surface which would facilitate water not leaking away", reported Prensalibre.cr.
The lack of government planning for the water supply is affecting the development of real estate projects.
According to Guillermo E. Quijano Jr, president of Grupo Unesa, real estate development in the country depends on whether there are water services in the area where you want to build. "To be able to say that development will move towards the east or west or north sector of the city ... First you have to ask if there is water in those areas or not. "
In Costa Rica the industrial zone in El Coyol, because of its location, has become a development hub which is constrained by lack of infrastructure.
"The opening of the intersection between the highways, the expansion and improvement of the stretch of road going from El Coyol to the Airport, as well as support form the ICE to improve power distribution infrastructure in the area have all contributed to an acceleration of growth, and as a response to this important developments such as the Coyol Free Zone, Grupo Monge, Laica, Gollo, Walmart, Durman Esquivel and a significant number of other companies have moved to the area," explained Carlos Wong in his article in Elfinancierocr.com .
The Honduran city of San Pedro Sula will put out to tender in a month and a half, a regulated vehicle parking system.
According to José Antonio Pineda, executive secretary of the Commission for the Promotion of Public-Private Partnerships, the bidding rules are in advanced stages and they now only need an economic study.
Authorities in the Honduran business city are promoting the project which must be executed by an entity which can operate under the public-private partnership model.
"The specifications have already been developed and will be forwarded to the Commission on Public Private Partnership, along with the relevant contract, as it will require the approval of this entity in order to continue with the procedure. The Municipal Corporation (San Pedro Sula) must see the specifications, approve them and also declare the project of public interest," reported LaPrensa.hn.
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