Costa Rica: No More Projects with UNOPS

The controversy generated by the UNOPS's decision to prevent access to files on the road works for which it is responsible has led the government to refrain from granting new projects in the future.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Possibly as a result of the refusal of the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) to make public the project files and the subsequent cancellation of contracts by the Comptroller General, the Ministry of Public Works has decided not to continue with the assistance of the international organization in future projects.

See: " The cost of hiding information about public works "

Guiselle Alfaro, Vice Minister of Infrastructure of the Ministry of Public Works and Transportation, told that " ... 'there are no more projects with UNOPS, they will collaborate (in the future) as nothing more than technical support with a group of professionals who do not provide us with the Civil Service'."

See also: "More Bureaucracy, but International"

For his part, the director of UNOPS in Costa Rica, Alejandro Rossi, affirmed that they are " ..." evaluating a possible change of model where the UNOPS assistance is pure technical assistance without the tender processes being developed under UNOPS norms, but under Costa Rican standards with the our technical support'... ".

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