Bureaucracy Delays Implementation of Loans for Public Works

In Costa Rica bureaucratic process and the slow pace of legislative approval for loans for infrastructure are key factors in the terrible record for execution of projects.

Friday, November 15, 2013

According to officials from the Ministry of Finance the slow implementation of projects financed by international organizations is due to "bureaucracy related to external credit authorizations and the time the project spends in the Legislature, pending approval," noted an article in Nación.com.

The issue was discussed during the fourth conference on fiscal consolidation focusing on public borrowing and investment. According to Federico Villalobos, economist infrastructure specialist, another drawback is the lack of preparation done on projects, in particular because of the lack of personnel to carry them out.

As explained Fernando Quevedo, representative of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to Costa Rica, a year and a half is too long time a to implement projects because it ends up affecting the resources of the projects to be developed. He explained that at the time of requesting funding for new works the entity questions the application because there are still transactions pending disbursement.

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