While state officials are happy to delegate their responsibilities to the UN Office for Project Services, the Comptroller of Guatemala has declared that its services are "detrimental to the interests of the state".
The arrival in Central America of the UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS) was hailed by many as a factor that would allow the execution of public works which are very difficult or impossible for state institutions in the region to run, for various reasons ranging from lack of qualified personnel to simple negligence.
Ten state institutions have adjusted their catalogs to the concept of acquiring products and services that meet sustainability standards.
Eldis Sanchez, Director of Public Procurement, noted that "the government buys goods and services worth up to $3 billion a year, of that total, $200 million are made through the electronic catalog at website PanamaCompra".
"The dispute with Nicaragua is over", reported the Panamanian Foreign Ministry.
The agreement came after the president of Panama, Ricardo Martinelli, during his speech at the 68th General Assembly of the United Nations Organization (UN), criticized the intentions of the Nicaraguans in extending their territorial sea.
The region received a combined total of $8.876 billion in FDI in 2012, representing an increase of 7% compared to 2011.
Panama remained the largest recipient of foreign investment, with $3.020 billion, followed by Costa Rica with $2.265 billion, Guatemala ($1.207 billion), Honduras ($1.059 billion), Nicaragua ($810 million) and finally El Salvador with $516 million.
On 20 and 21 May, representatives from more than 20 countries in America will discuss in El Salvador the features of this tool and its influence on foreign trade.
From a press release issued by the Ministry of Economy in El Salvador:
El Salvador has been selected as the site to host the Third Meeting of Single Foreign Trade Windows, an event that is sponsored by the Inter-American Development Bank and will be attended by representatives from 27 countries of Latin.
The Government of Costa Rica is preparing a third plan for land ordnance in the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM by its initials in Spanish).
This was announced by Guido Monge, Minister of Housing and Settlements (MIVAH)."It is called Plan GAM 2013, and will be built on the remains of its two predecessors: the Regional Urban Plan for the Greater Metropolitan Area (PRUGAM) and the Land Use Plan (POTGAM) (the latter introduced in January this year) which never, because of their designs, reached the approval stage, " noted an article in Elfinancierocr.com.
In Guatemala and proposals arising from the recently passed amendment to the Communications Act, which extended radio concessions for 20 years.
In light of the act coming into effect, deputies in the Transparency Commission are preparing a bill relating to the issue of transparency, Deputy Carlos Barreda, a member of the panel, said "We must establish that the usufruct be delivered through an auction or implement a public payment for its renewal. "
The UN established the maximum level of melamine in liquid infant formula, and new rules on food safety for seafood, melons and nuts.
A statement from the Trade Office of Costa Rica reads:
The food standards body of the UN has set new standards in order to protect consumer health, among which is the inclusion of a maximum level for melamine in liquid infant formula, food safety for seafood, melons and dry fruits.
In 2010 imports from China to countries in the region totaled more than $7.1 billion, while exports to the Asian country totaled $1.87 billion.
Central American countries do not have the wealth of minerals such as copper, iron, or oil comparable to that of South America, however, the seven economies together constitute sizeable market for Chinese goods: in 2010, the entire region imported Chinese goods worth $7.10 billion.
Eight Panamanian projects have been authorized by a UN commission to sell carbon credits on global markets and there are 24 initiatives in the evaluation phase.
The Executive Board of Clean Development Mechanisms of the United Nations Convention Framework on Climate Change, is the body which has authorized eight projects established in Panama to sell carbon credits on the international market.
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