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In Panama, in the third debate, the bill creating the Public-Private Association regime was approved, which in its latest version set limitations on companies accused of acts of corruption.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

According to the text approved and awaiting the approval of the Executive, companies that are delinquent in the payment of fines for breach of contracts, will also have limitations to participate in these public concession model.

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From the National Assembly statement:

With the inclusion of the rules to be able to compete in the tender processes, was endorsed in third debate the bill 12 that creates the regime of Public-Private Partnership (PPP) as a method to attract private investment and generate jobs.
After introducing modifications, especially those that establish the limitations to the companies indicated in acts of corruption and the exclusion of a representative of the National Assembly in the entity responsible for defining the works to be developed under this scheme, the vote in favor was carried out.
The Vice Minister of Public Works, Librada de Frías, showed the Executive's complacency because, she emphasized, this project will allow the Government to fix the major works that will be executed in this five-year period.
The period of validity of the PPP contracts was established for a 30-year period, extendable for an additional ten years, in addition to the fact that state-owned banks may only finance up to 25% of the total works contracted through the PPP system.
Similarly, it provides that no PPP contract will be less than 15 million balboas, except for this measure contracts that are developed under the protection of municipalities.

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