Costa Rica: Agreement With Port Union Still Unresolved

Meanwhile, the terms for Limón's port bidding process should have been published on August 21st.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Francisco Jiménez is the Executive President of Japdeva, the organization negotiating with the government and the worker's Union the private concession of the port. He said: "We are going to keep pressing for an agreement. We will not give up until a worker assembly decides, in secret voting, if they accept the Government's proposal".

"August 21 was the date for publishing bidding specifications for the concession of the new Moín port facilities. For that date the Government wanted to know if they could start, in parallel, the process for finding a private company to modernize Limón port", reported journalist Mario Bermúdez Vives, in El Financiero's website.

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42 Companies Interested in Limón Tender

May 2009

The main question from investors is whether concession of the new port in the Costa Rican Caribbean includes the existing facilities.

The Costa Rican government´s response to this issue is that the processes are independent. The future of the existing facilities depends on the JAPDEVA union coming to an agreement with the government over the amount and nature of worker compensation, which has not yet been reached.

Future of Limón Port Area Unclear

May 2009

The new Costa Rican government's proposal was rejected by the union, whose consent must be obtained for the concession of services to third parties.

The collective agreement that governs the relationship between Limón Port employees and JAPDEVA, the entity manager, has the force of law. Therefore, any project to hire third parties to perform tasks at the port must be formally approved by the union.

Costa Rica: Concession of Limón Port Begins

April 2009

The cartel for the concession of the expansion of the Costa Rican Caribbean Port, with a reference amount of $812 million, was approved.

The Minister of Transport and Public Works of Costa Rica, Karla González, announced that the cartel for the tender of the Limón port project was approved, and it is expected to be published in the official newspaper in the coming days, giving bidders three months to submit their proposals.

Sole Tender of $800 million for Limón´s New Port

February 2009

The concession for the construction and operation will be offered by means of a sole process, and not fragmented as was speculated.

The idea of a process with several bidders had been supported by business unions such as the Chamber of Exporters of Costa Rica. This decision by the Costa Rican government goes against that idea, for which Minister Karla González had requested that businesspersons reflect on the theme to achieve a consensus on the issue.

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