While negotiating with the Spanish company Riteve SyC over the extension of it’s contract, which expires on July 15, the government of Costa Rica has been looking for another company in order to de-monopolize the market.
In the last few days the Government has been negotiating another company which would put an end to the monopoly of Riteve SyC, said the vice minister from the Ministry of Public Works and Transportation (MOPT), Rodrigo Rivera.
Growth of traffic is overwhelming the Costa Rican capital, and now there are plans for bridges and road extensions and interconnections for busy areas.
The Deputy Transport Minister Rodrigo Rivera, has announced that studies are in advanced stages for the construction of four bridges on the so called ‘routa de circunvalacion’ (ring road) where it connects with major roads and currently causes huge amounts of congestion during peak hours.
The renewal of the public transport fleet begins with the importation of about 300 buses powered by liquefied petroleum gas.
The renewal of bus concessions to be made by businesses by mid-2013 and early 2014 will be used by the Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MPWT) to bring in units which use cleaner energy sources, such as LPG or CNG (Natural Gas). The change will begin with 300 units, noted an article published by Crhoy.com.
The cost and time to transport containers at the terminal are not competitive with other ports in Central America.
While moving a container in Puerto Cortés costs about $2,308, other ports in the region charge more competitive rates, such as Manzanillo, Panama ($665), Quetzal, Guatemala ($977), Limon, Costa Rica ($1,020), Acajutla , El Salvador ($1,040), Corinto, Nicaragua ($1,140), and Santo Tomas, Guatemala ($1,450).
On January 20 a sanitary protocol was ratified which enables the export of shrimp caught in Costa Rican waters to China.
From a statement issued by the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG):
During the visit by the President of the Republic, Luis Guillermo Solis Rivera, to China, ratification was given to signing of a sanitation protocol for the export of prawns, a prerequisite for the official opening up of the Chinese market for prawns caught in Costa Rican waters.
To not regularize what is badly regularized you need a deregulator to regulate by deregulating what is well regulated.
The new head of the Regulatory Authority of Public Services of Costa Rica (ARESEP) took office while subject to a serious challenge over an obvious conflict of interestthat arose from his status as an active employee of the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE), the monopolistic state entity whose rates must be fixed by the very same ARESEP. The insistence of the Solis administration eventually led to his appointment as Controller General, and after an announced pause for reflection, the new chief resigned from the ICE, promising that his actions would be solely taken with the welfare of consumer services in mind, services which are regulated by the ARESEP.
They are opposing the Agile Import Window to be implemented if the law on competitiveness and productivity is approved.
The Corporation of Guatemalan Customs Agents (CAAG) and the Association of International Carriers oppose the Agile Import Window (VAI by is initials in Spanish) to be implemented if the Productivity and Competitiveness Act is approved.
The dismal state of public infrastructure in the country is in the hands of an institution that is "incapable of solving relatively ordinary problems".
The minister of communication in the Chinchilla administration, Francisco Chacon, admitted that the Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MOPT) is an institution "unable to resolve relatively ordinary problems" with "decentralized bodies which are not accountable to the minister."
The company Servicios Eléctricos will be responsible for the systematic service, modernization and management of the collection from toll booths in San Pedro Sula.
The company will have to provide a monthly minimum of 9 million lempiras ($453,000) to the municipal coffers. Of the proceeds over this figure, 27.5% will be for the company and 72.5% for the Municipality.
Two Spanish companies, one German, one Mexican, one French and one Guatemalan have been selected in the tender for the construction of a four-lane highway and commuter train.
The Companies Rios Ferrer, Guillén Llarena, Treviño y Rivera S.C. (Mexico) / Felipe Ochoa y Asociados (Mexico) / Consorcio Constructor, Supervisor y Certificador Internacional, S.A. de C.V. (Mexico), DB International GmbH (Germany) / Cal y Mayor y Asociados SC (Mexico), IDOM Ingeniería y Consultoría, S.A. (Spain), Advanced Logistics Group S.A.U. / Corporación Helio (Spain), Anzueto y Asociados (Guatemala) / Oficina Técnica de Estudios y Control de Obras, S.A. (Spain) and SETEC (France) / LOGIT Consultoría (Brazil) have been qualified to participate in the preparation of pre-investment studies, feasibility, implementation and operation of the beltway and commuter train. The winning firm will be announced in mid-July.
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