Guatemala: Puerto Quetzal Still Without Contract

The productive sectors are urging an agreement between the President and Congress of Guatemala to formalize the concession of the container terminal to APM Terminals.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Prensa.com reports that "...The awarding of the Quetzal Container Terminal  (TCQ by its initials in Spanish), is in the eye of the storm because there is no agreement on what is the legal method to establish a new contract. The Executive has already sent the proposal for a direct award, but opposition deputies questioned the proposed mechanism, while the private sector is urging both agencies to seek an early solution to the problem. "  

"... Since its inception, the contract with the Container Terminal of Barcelona (owner of TCQ), by President Otto Perez Molina, caused doubts and after a judicial inquiry ex-leaders and other former officials and representatives of the firm were accused of establishing an "irregular" agreement in exchange for bribes.  After complaints and arrests, the terminal was left at an impasse because they then proceeded to request the cancellation of the contract and appointed an auditor, but the facilities have remained unused due to lack of resources to operate it."

"... The Executive wants to directly hand over TCQ for operation by the transnational APM Terminals, which acquired the assets of the Container Terminal of Barcelona, but according to the company, ignoring the irregularities."

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