The Panama Canal Authority will be making changes to the composition of consortia in tenders for construction works in order to prevent millions in losses because of claims made by subcontractors.
Conflicts between contracted parties who design and those who carrying out the works, and the lack of clarity in the responsibilities of each of the companies during the Panama Canal expansion motivated the adjustments to be made to future tender specifications.
Eleven clusters are operating in Costa Rica, in sectors ranging from digital animation to flowers, food or agricultural products, seeking better operating and financial leverage.
Achieving greater access to credit, winning new customers and suppliers, discussing industry issues and possible solutions, more formalized operation or devising new strategies are part of the benefits of belonging to a cluster, a policy that is actively supported by the Costa Rica Foreign Trade Promotion Office (PROCOMER).
In order to resolve a tie situation between two of the bidders the administration of Panama City airport has ordered the cancelation of the tender and will be holding another one next month.
The consortiums Brillantex and Treoc Tocumen submitted proposals valued at $6.9 million and both met the specifications established in the tender, therefore the evaluation committee had to choose between two options: choose the proponent who is credited as an SME with the Authority of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (Ampyme) or direct the proponents to submit a second offer.
Five consortia submitted bids for janitorial services at the airport in Panama City, and most of the bids were below the reference price of $7.7 million.
Participating companies were Triangle Services, which offered $7.3 million, Eulen Panama Services, with $7.4 billion Pro Clean, for $8 million, and Brillantex and Treoc Tocumen both for $6.9 million each.
The "Coffee and Honey Mayan Group" consists of five business from the Salvadoran coffee and honey sectors who together are making a joint effort to promote their products.
Elmundo.com.sv reports that "Five small and medium enterprises in the areas of coffee and honey will unite to form a consortium for a promotion that will allow them to facilitate the export of their products abroad through various joint activities, reported the Productive Chains Directorate of the Ministry of Economy (Minec). "
Companies managing 18 routes in the metropolitan area have formed a consortium in order to improve profitability and competitiveness.
Reflecting the theme "Unity is strength", transport companies in El Salvador have decided to form an association through which they intend to do things like for example, negotiate with suppliers jointly.
The 10-company food consortium participated in a multi-sector Trade Mission to Chile in March.
The visit, organized by the Costa Rican Foreign Trade Promoter (Procomer), allowed the Costa Ricans to initiate contact with Chilean entrepreneurs for an eventual entry of their products to the South American country.
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