Without having resolved the problems that are preventing the convening of new tenders in time to keep the health system well stocked, the government has once again extended nine contracts for surgical supplies and medicines.
A statement from the Ministry of Finance indicates that "...The contracts to be extended are those for medical and surgical equipment, medicines and pharmaceutical products, in order to avoid shortages and to benefit users of hospital services, as well as demand for the daily needs of the health service. "
The Public Services Authority has denied extension request by Panamá NG Power S.A. to submit information on funding for the 670 MW plant.
Prensa.com reports that "... The requirement for 'financial closure', or definition of project financing, must be presented on October 31st this year, but the company asked the Asep, on 27 August, for an extension for its submission. "
An announcement has been made that operation permits will be extended to 18 companies already operating under the scheme and licenses granted to four new firms who will enter the scheme in the short term.
According to indications made by the president Luis Guillermo Solis to AmeliaRueda.com, 22 decrees have been signed which "... relate to expanding and awarding new licenses to these companies ... the only thing pending is their publication in the Official newspaper, La Gaceta."
A few days before the entry into force of the new General Law on the Electricity Industry, which prevents Empresa Nacional de Energía Eléctrica from making contracts without using a tender process, the Board of Directors of the company has approved the purchase of 560 MW.
China Harbour Engineering Company has accepted a request by the Solis administration to extend the signing a loan to be used for the extension of the road going from San José to the Caribbean.
It is the fifth time there has been a postponement of the signing of the loan agreement for the extension of 105 kilometers of Route 32, which connects the capital with the Port of Limón, in the Caribbean, but the first in the administration of President Luis Guillermo Solis.
The World Bank has rejected a request made by the government for an extension to continue the project to modernize infrastructure in the port city project in Limon.
The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) at the World Bank decided to reject the extension request submitted in January 2014 by the Chinchilla administration to extend beyond May 31, 2014, the deadline for executing the works, a situation that the current government is trying to reverse.
In the waning days of an administration marked by scandals and inefficiencies in infrastructure, the rush to execute contracts is notorious, and there are even extensions being given out without tenders or bids.
Residents of the capital San Jose seem puzzled over how resurfacing works are to be carried out on streets that are apparently in good condition.
The Guatemalan government has extended until December the term of three contracts for the supply of medical supplies.
The first contract was extended by the Ministry of Finance and aims to acquire "products for oral and parenteral nutrition, contrast media, liquids and electrolytes, antiseptics, master formulas, vitamins and other products", reported PrensaLibre.com.
The government has extended for another year three open contracts for the provision of medical supplies, which should have expired in 2010.
Three ministerial agreements published in the Diario de Centro America explain that the measure was taken to avoid the shortage of drugs such as "analgesics and anti-inflammatories, antacids, antiemetics, anti-flatulents, enzymes, laxatives, oral nutrition, muscle relaxants, antihypertensives, anti-infectious, and antiseptics ... ", reported Prensalibre.com.
Guatemala's government is still extending contracts for the provision of medical supplies signed in the years 2005 to 2009, without calling for new tenders.
While the Ministry of Finance justifies the system of maintenaning open contracts, highlighting its use in different countries, opposition politicians argue that extensions of such contracts violate the principle of equality, the right to free competition, and that these extensions should be reserved only for exceptional cases.