The creation of a $55 million trust fund has been announced to buy drugs for the hospital network in the country along with the preparation of tender documents.
Of the total, $18.4 million will be provided by the Honduran Institute of Social Security and $8.3 million will come from the University Teaching Hospital's budget for the purchase of drugs for chronic diseases. This time the purchases were made through the model of a trust with the aim of lowering prices by making higher volume purchases.
Although there are $5 million available for the purchase of medicines in the University Hospital, not one pharmaceutical company has submitted bids.
"We currently have funds in excess of $5 million, funds that we havent been able to use due to a lack of offers and we have to find a way out of this situation," said Julieta Castellanos, rector of the National Autonomous University of Honduras (Unah).
The infrastructure in most airports in Central America can not cover the increase in the number of air passengers transiting in the region.
In the region, traffic has increased by almost 80% over the last ten years going from 95 million to 170 million passengers. "Today, 30% of Latin American flights take off or land at congested airports, which constitutes one of the main difficulties in the development of the airline industry," noted an article in Eleconomista.net.
The construction of the project that includes a convention center, 2 hotels, offices and a commercial center will begin in 2010, and it will last 4 or 5 years.
In fact, the investment made by the Spanish group “Feria de Valencia” together with the Costa Rican company “Feria de Costa Rica,” was programmed to begin in 2008, but it was postponed due to the global economic crisis. The corporate director of Feria de Valencia, Enrique Calamarde, commented to El Financiero de Costa Rica: “The job was never paralyzed; as a matter of fact a great effort has been put into finding investors. Without a doubt, the project continues to be just as profitable as before.”
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