Improvements in State Purchases System

The new version of "Panama Compra", to be available shortly, will allow suppliers to submit electronic proposals.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Looking for savings, both for the government and its suppliers, the second version of the state's purchasing system, "Panama Compra", will allow providers to send their product and services proposals electronically, without the need of going to the office of state purchases.

"Proposals will be sent via Internet, and the provider won't need to go in person to the respective institution's office", commented Eldis Sánchez Tuñon, state acquisitions director, to "Complaints regarding a purchase will also be done via Internet, so suppliers won't need to go in person to the Office of State Acquisitions, located in the capital".

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