'Open contracts' speed purchases for Guatemalan state sector

More than 100 companies are using "open contracts" to fulfill requests for supplies from the Guatemalan government.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Under the "open contracts", suppliers have no need to quote prices or compete in tenders. Instead agreements are reached directly through the Guatecompras Internet site.

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Additional Requirements for Government Suppliers in Guatemala

March 2011

As of April 1st suppliers of goods and services for the State must send copies of legal and financial documentation through web portal Guatecompras.

The legislation seeks greater control of suppliers and to prevent money laundering.

Providers who fail to comply with the rules cannot make offers to any government agencies.

Guatemala: New Regulations for State Acquisitions

April 2010

The Public Finances Ministry introduced new regulations for state acquisition of goods or services.

Suppliers are now required to declare under oath, in the submitted proposals, that all the included information is true.

Additionally, in order to be included in the state’s supplier registry, companies must detail the identities of owners, representatives, directors and shareholders.

Guatemala: State Purchases Law Modified

September 2009

State institutions will now have to publish in the web site "Guatecompras" their direct purchases over $1.207.

In another modification, the State is now obliged to publish information on all the phases of the purchasing process.

From Prensalibre.com: "... article 23, obliges the state to reveal the basis, technical specifications, evaluation criteria, questions, answers, lists of suppliers, statements of award and contracts, in all the stages of the bidding process".

Guatemala: State Contracting Law Under Consideration

February 2009

Within the amendments of the Contracting Law, a proposal was formulated to implement changes in the web site Guatecompras.

Prensalibre.com publishes in its website: "If these modifications are incorporated into the initiative—that is to be approved in its third reading—, the national and international agencies and the associations and trusts, among others, will be obligated to use Guatecompras."

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