Costa Rica: Resistance From Entrepreneurs to Highway Project

Complaints have been made that the bill awarding construction of the Caribbean route to a Chinese company was approved without preliminary drawings, calculation of materials and study of costs.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Grupo Consenso believes that it is "unacceptable" that the Committee on Financial Affairs agreed to accept as reasonable the cost presented by China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC), in the amount of $465 million.

A press release from the Costa Rican Chamber of Construction:

Grupo Consenso voices its concern over the ruling on the Route 32 project in Commission on Financial Affairs.

El Grupo Consenso para el Rescate de la Red Vial Nacional (The Consensus Group for the Rescue of the National Road Network) has expressed its concern over the legislative process of the bill on Route 32 in the Committee on Financial Affairs, as non-technical and legal issues of great importance for the development of this route, momentous for both the people of Limon and for every one in the country, have not been clarified.

This work is necessary but we should not proceed without establishing a fair price, clear technical conditions and a well defined total cost for the country.

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Costa Rica Approves $465 million Highway Contract

May 2016

China Harbour Engineering Company will have 42 months to expand the road linking the capital San José with the port area in Limón.

From a statement issued by the Comptroller General of the Republic:

By attached letter, the CGR endorsed the Contract Agreement and Addenda 1, 2, 3 and 4 for the "Project Design, Renovation and Expansion of National Road No.

Costa Rica: $485 million for Controversial Road Works

February 2015

Without having read the contract with the construction company and ignoring final costs, the Legislature has approved the loan with the Chinese government to finance the extension of the road to Limón.

The loan with the government of China for $485 million is tied to a commercial contract with the Chinese state-run construction company CHEC, highly questioned not only technically but at the legal level, since it is one of the companies "... included in the list of companies ineligible for dealing with the World Bank until 2017 because of fraudulent practices in the Philippines ".

Costa Rica: Deadline to Sign $395 million Chinese Loan Extended

June 2014

China Harbour Engineering Company has accepted a request by the Solis administration to extend the signing a loan to be used for the extension of the road going from San José to the Caribbean.

It is the fifth time there has been a postponement of the signing of the loan agreement for the extension of 105 kilometers of Route 32, which connects the capital with the Port of Limón, in the Caribbean, but the first in the administration of President Luis Guillermo Solis.

Alternative to $465 million Road Contract with China

March 2014

Five Costa Rican construction companies have submitted a joint proposal to take over the expansion to four lanes of 107 miles of kilometers to the Caribbean.

The companies, Codocsa, Desarrollos Mega, Pedregal, Productos de Concreto and Traesa submitted a joint proposal for the expansion to four lanes of the Rio Frio to Limón stretch on Route 32.

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