A publication by the CAF reviews the development of five projects implemented using the public-private partnership model for infrastructure investment in Latin America.
From the Presentation document by the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF):
In recent decades, many Latin American countries have launched public-private partnership projects for the construction, maintenance and operation of public infrastructure. Initially, these models were based on the award of public works for road construction; However, over the years, they have been refined and its use has spread to other infrastructure and public services such as railways, ports, airports, mass transit systems, hospitals, prisons and public buildings, among others.
The Legislature has approved a loan with the International Cooperation Agency of Japan to build an overpass in the city of San Miguel.
From a statement issued by the Legislative Assembly of El Salvador:
The Bypass of San Miguel will become a reality after the unanimous backing of the Legislative Assembly for the ratification of the loan agreement between the government of El Salvador and the International Cooperation Agency (JICA), for a total of $122.5 million . For the construction of this work, which is projected to be the most modern and secure in the region, the Salvadoran State will provide a counterpart of $36.8 million.
A project has been presented for the construction of a convention center in the province of Chiriqui, to be erected on ten acres belonging to the Technological University of Panama.
From a statement issued by the Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture of Chiriqui:
Authorities from the Technological University of Panama (UTP) led by the rector Oscar Ramirez, presented to the Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture of Chiriqui a project for the construction and management of a convention center in the province of Chiriqui.
A reduction has been made from seven to two in the number of days that companies have to correct their proposals and the net capital companies must possess in order to participate has been lowered to $150 million.
The government has announced that it will allocate funds from the agreement signed with the International Monetary Fund for works such as the conclusion of the dry canal, port construction in Amapala, and the revamping of Puerto Cortés.
From a statement issued by the Government of Honduras:
"Agreement with IMF will allow us to invest in infrastructure, social programs and other major projects."
In Costa Rica changes have been announced in the institution in charge of maintenance of road infrastructure in the country and greater openness in the process of awarding contracts in order to include more companies.
The current Consejo Nacional de Vialidad, Conavi, (National Roads Authority) will become Instituto Nacional de Infraestructura (National Infrastructure Institute), as announced by the new head of the institution, Maurice Salom. One of the announced changes is greater openness in the management of the procurement of road maintenancecontracts, one of the most criticized issues so far because of the excessive amount of contracts that have been awarded to a single company.
Current works at the Guatemalan International Airport include the construction of commercial space for 30 shops.
The information available on the subject does not make clear whether the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) will be the entity responsible for renting commercial spaces to interested companies, receiving the corresponding revenue, or if the other version is correct which indicates that the entire space known as 13 Baktun has already been rented for 15 years without a tender.
A bill which streamlines the process of expropriations moves forward in the Legislative; this is currently causing serious arrears for public infrastructure.
The initiative aims to accelerate the delivery of land expropriated by the state enabling its owner to be paid immediately according to the assessment made by the State, without losing their right to claim for differences in price.
Interest and fees are paid for $781 million in outstanding loans, of which only $41 million have been used, 5% of the total.
The country pays interest and fees for a total of nine loans that have hardly been used. "Up until August, the Government paid a total of $3.8 million in commitment fees and interest on loans that were first implemented in the last four years ...", reported Nacion.com.
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