Eight Loans Still Unused in Costa Rica

The next government will have to run most of the loans that have been approved by Congress and which are currently being processed.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

According to the congressman, Siany Villalobos, "loan projects are moving along an established route of processing which exists in the country. One such example is road works, which must go through a process of expropriations" reported Prensalibre.cr.

"It is a very serious problem facing the country and that is why the Government and Administration Commission are looking at the subject of relaxing the projects or streamlining them, and the same goes for government contracting and environmental studies," he added.

"It seems logical to me that loans or shares that are outstanding with the government should be run, especially in the case of obligations that must be implemented by a new administration," said Rep. Rodolfo Sotomayor.

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While state officials are happy to delegate their responsibilities to the UN Office for Project Services, the Comptroller of Guatemala has declared that its services are "detrimental to the interests of the state".


The arrival in Central America of the UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS) was hailed by many as a factor that would allow the execution of public works which are very difficult or impossible for state institutions in the region to run, for various reasons ranging from lack of qualified personnel to simple negligence.

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In the past three years, the relationship between spending on infrastructure and equipment for public institutions and the country's national production, fell from 9.4% to 6.1%.

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Infrastructure Management in Latin America

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Annual Economic Development Report (RED) 2009 "Pathways to the Future: Infrastructure Management in Latin America,” by the Andean Development Corporation (CAF.)

Improving societal infrastructure quality and quantity is not only essential to the prosperity and well-being of the people, it is also a significant challenge for public policy.

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