Guatemala: Transparency Commission to Oversee Public Works

The commission is composed by representatives of the private sector, civil society, academy and Government, and will oversee the construction of public infrastructure.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The finance ministry (Minfin), informed the creation of this commision, which is part of a World Bank sponsored initiative, called Cost.

"Cost intends to control public purchases, material quality and project construction", reported

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CICIG Agreement Suspended

January 2019

After President Morales decided to end the mandate of the International Commission against Impunity, the Constitutional Court suspended the Guatemalan government's decision.

On January 7th, the Guatemalan government finalized the agreement between the Central American country and the United Nations, and set a 24-hour deadline for the Commission to cease functioning.

Guatemala: Preparations Underway for Prison Construction

April 2017

With an international loan of $300 million, the Morales administration plans to build two prisons and twelve judicial complexes, and buy 1,500 patrol vehicles.

Through the Ministry of Public Finances the government is petitioning Congress for approval of a $300 million loan with the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (BCIE). The government's plan is to execute these projects within six years. 

Guatemala: Irregularities in Public Works Contracts

December 2011

A new report by the initiative CoST Guatemala recommends reforms to the website Guatecompras to force all agencies to publish requirements for public procurement.

A press release from the Initiative CoST reads:

The initiative CoST Guatemala, composed of representatives from government, private sector and civil society, presented the results of their analysis of 13 projects to build public infrastructure in Guatemala.

Guatemala Joins Anti-Corruption Program

November 2009

The program, developed by the World Bank, intends to eliminate corruption problems in infrastructure projects funded by the state.

It is called 'Initiative for Transparency in the Construction Industry', and its main objective is to provide clear, verified information for all public infrastructure projects.