Honduras Awards $ 2.3 Million in Municipal Consulting

Sabesp, the Sanitation Company of São Paulo (Brazil) and Latin Consult were awarded the $ 2.3 million contract.

Monday, October 25, 2010

The contract is for commercial and operational consulting for a period of three years in nine municipalities.

This is the second bid awarded to the consulting firm in Central America. In 2009 it won a $ 8.8 million bid in Panama sponsored with the Institute of Aqueducts and Sewage Systems (Idaan).

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Costa Rica: Municipalities to Finance Works with Debt

August 2010

Several regional governments are planning to issue debt in order to pay for public works projects such as highways and buildings.

For example, a group of seven Atlantic region municipalities intend to issue $13.7 million of debt in order to improve their road infrastructure.

Panama: Sabesp Awarded Drainage Contract

September 2009

The Brazilian company will consult on the design and development of a rational water usage program.

"Saneamiento Básico del Estado de Sao Paulo", known for its acronym Sabesp, will participate with the National Sewage and Aqueducts Institute in drainage projects in Panama's central provinces.

Salvadoran Mayoralties Collect Less Taxes

April 2009

The mayoralties reported decreases between 10% and 70% in taxes which affect project execution and employment.

The president of the Corporation of Salvadoran Municipalities and Mayor of Antiguo Cuscatlán, Milagro Navas, said, "We are seeing a recession in all the mayoralties and now we are in trouble and are even considering staff reductions." Her own community has $300 thousand in unpaid taxes.

Poverty in Central American cities

November 2008

Centralization, lack of resources, poorly defined competitions, are some of the most serious problems faced by cities in Central America.

Despite being the main actor when it is time to provide the communities with the goods and services that they need, no country in the area stands out in giving local governments the tools they need to carry out their duties, according to the "Comparative Study on municipal finances for local development in Central America and the Dominican Republic."