Guatemala: New Rules for Public Procurements Take Effect

From October 28th amendments to the Law on Government Procurement, come into effect, including the concept of open contracts and ERAs.

Friday, October 28, 2016

The decree published in Diaro de Central America indicates that   "...The reforms include a total of 25 items. The first of these states that in the process of acquisitions made with resources from external loans originating from public credit operations or donations to the State, its agencies, institutions or municipal councils, policies and established procedures will apply to financial agencies or donors, considering these provisions as a special rule."

For example, "...Article 3, which amends Article 8 of the law reads: "The National Statistics Institute will prepare and publish monthly in Guatecompras and on its website, reference prices or average prices, wages or indices that are required in the categories of open contracts and ERAs. "

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