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The Ministry of Finance and the state run power company ESPH have been denounced for anti competitive practices in the tender for an electronic invoicing system.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

After the Ministry of Finance convened an ultra fast tender and received only two bids for $27 million and $8 million to develop an electronic invoicing system, the union of technology companies has filed a complaint alleging anti-competitive practices.

From a statement issued by the Costa Rican Chamber of Information and Communication Technologies (CAMTIC):

August, 2016.  This morning, representatives of the Costa Rican Chamber of Information Technology and Communication (ICE) filed a complaint with the Commission to Promote Competition (COPROCOM) against the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service Company of Heredia (ESPH), for anticompetitive practices in the market of digital technologies.

According to the complaint, the Ministry of Finance is abusing Article 2 of the Public Procurement Act and using that rule as justification proceeded to sign a contract with the ESPH, to develop and implement an electronic invoice system, without the benefit of any public contest process.

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