First Framework Agreement for Public Sector Purchases in Costa Rica

It is estimated that it will save 76% in administrative costs and between 5% and 15% in prices.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The finance minister, Guillermo Zúñiga "emphasized the transparency and effectiveness of the system because each of the framework agreements is done through public tenders and because you can choose what you need through an electronic catalog where suppliers and their products have already been analyzed."

The first framework agreement for implements, office equipment and stationery available in CompraRed was awarded to four companies and it will enable public institutions to purchase over 200 items just by sending the purchase order to the supplier.

On the possibility of using this same shopping system for other products, it was reported in the CompraRed press release that on March 5, 2009, the framework agreements for the purchase of car tires, airline tickets and cleaning services were published. Other services such as security, vehicles, building materials, classroom construction, garbage trucks, asphalt, etc., will soon be published.

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Costa Rica: New System for State Purchases

January 2015

In a "Solomonic" decision, the Ministry of Finance has decided to settle the dispute between CompraRed and Merlink, ordering the development of a new platform, giving the moribund state telecom company RACSA something to do.


With the introduction of the yet to be developed Integrated Public Procurement System (SICOP by its initials in Spanish), an end could be given to the bitter struggle between different groups of state officials and private providers over "their" respective public procurement systems.

Lack of transparency in Digital Purchases?

February 2014

The Board of Directors of Consejo Nacional de Vialidad has not yet authorized the agency to use the electronic procurement system Mer -Link .

Although the National Roads Authority (Conavi) is now ready to use the electronic procurement system Mer -Link , the Board of Directors of the company has not granted permission, as they are still studying the contract.

Costa Rica Seeks to Unify State Purchases

April 2013

The struggle between the two main systems used for Costa Rican government purchases could end with Mer-Link being the winner.

From a press release issued by the President of Costa Rica:

In order to facilitate the establishment of a National System of Public Procurement, the president of the Republic, Laura Chinchilla Miranda, signed this morning a guideline for all the institutions which make up the Civil Service to unify their methods of procuring goods and services.

Tender in Panama for $16 Million in IT products

April 2009

Companies in the sector submitted their bids for the Framework Agreement on Computer Goods and Office Accessories for $16 million.

The Directorate General of Public Procurement of Panama received bids from several suppliers of computer goods for the 2009-2010 Framework Agreement.

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