Guatemala: Awardee of Prison Contract has Little Experience

The tender conditions required proven experience, technical expertise, trained personnel and accreditation in security operations.

Thursday, December 6, 2012 reports that "Interamerican Investment & Development Corporation (II & DC), a company that won the tender to improve prison infrastructure in ten departments worth Q543.1 million, was created in Nevada, United States two years ago, with a capital of U.S. $75,000 (about Q589,500). The contract is the most onerous than the state has awarded so far this year. "

"... In order to fulfill the contract II & DC will subcontract to ten firms: four are Guatemalan, and three of them are linked together through their legal representatives, added to them is a Mexican firm, three Colombian firms, one North American and one Asian."

The Interior Minister Mauricio Lopez Bonilla, when asked about the length of time that the U.S. company has been in existence and the outsourcing it will perform, said: "The company that appears on the forefront is not the most important, it is the companies that make up the consortium and each of them have specialties in prison security. "

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Confirmation of Award for Prison Tender

November 2012

The Ministry of Government in Guatemala has ratified the award of the tender for $69 million, to the company II & DC, for prison infrastructure.

Ratification by the Tender Board of the Ministry of the Interior was given after the company met all the requirements of the process.

Guatemala: More Tenders for Prisons

October 2012

Following the award of contracts to build 900 modules and expand and remodel 22 prisons, new bidding processes for additional prisons were announced.

An article in AGN reports that "The Guatemala ministry of Interior is to invest Q543,169,775 [$ 69 million] in the expansion and renovation of prisons.

Tender for Prisons in Guatemala

July 2012

An announced has been made for five prisons with technology in access points, X-rays, biometric identification, and molecular analyzers for drugs, explosives and weapons.

The project announced by Interior Minister Mauricio López Bonilla is part of the modernization of the prison system.

Guatemala to Build a Maximum Security Prison

January 2012

The project, which is in the planning stage, is for accommodation for about a thousand prisoners.

The overpopulation seen in various jails around the country has forced the authorities to seek options to address the problem. Currently, among the Ministry of Interior’s plans is the construction of a maximum security prison.

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