Employers believe that a new and more efficient system is required in order to generate confidence in foreign trade.
The Information Technology System for Customs Control (known as Tic@), received strong criticism from business chambers, whose executives say that after 10 years of operation this computing platform is obsolete.
In just a year and a half the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad has saved $ 5.6 million by making purchases through the Mer-Link system.
According to an article in Nacion.com "At present, the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) handles 80% of its expenses in this way and its expected that this figure will reach 100% this year. If this goal is met, the institution’s savings would increase to $30 million. "
Costa Rica's government has launched the use of digital signatures, but warns that the growth of its use will depend on its incorporation by the private sector.
The digital signature binds the identity of a person or team with a message or electronic document, to ensure authorship and integrity. The recognition of digital signatures provides security for electronic transactions, promoting e-commerce.
Using an electronic procurement system, Mer-Link, the government will promote a 'Dutch auction' or auction to buy at the lowest price.
Alicia Avendaño, director of the Technical Secretariat of Digital Government, told La Prensa Libre, that they will start with an online auction after the first week of September. This procedure has not been previously applied at the level of state purchases.
The Costa Rican government is looking for suppliers of digital information and control systems for public safety.
The executive director of the Technical Secretariat of Digital Government, Alicia Avendaño said that they are at the analysis and research stage to determine the solution that will meet all requirements.
Grupo ICE, composed of the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) and its subsidiaries Radiográfica Costarricense (RACSA) and Compañía Nacional de Fuerza y Luz (CNFL), joined the Chamber of Information and Communication Technologies of Costa Rica (CAMTIC) as a strategic partner since June 2009.