Monopoly in Social Housing Denounced

Officials of the new Solis administration said that in the awarding of works "there is blatent and entrenched favoritism" that "is a disadvantage" to companies who "are not friends of anyone."

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

An article in reports that "... The chief executive of the National Institute of Housing and Urbanism (INVU), Sonia Montero Díaz denounced the existence of a 'monopoly' in the construction of houses for social welfare. "

"... The chief of the INVU said the market for social housing "is collapsed" and that they would seek space for recent graduates and young developers who have been excluded. "

"... The chief emphasized the need to review how the INVU tenders were published."

Meanwhile the Costa Rican Chamber of Construction (CCC) said: "... competition is viable as long as companies behave formally and comply with requirements."

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Social Interest Housing for $8 million

April 2018

The Ministry of Housing in Panama is putting out to tender construction of 500 social interest houses in the province of Veraguas.

Panama Government Purchase 2018-0-14-0-09-LV-013092:   

"Supply of materials, labor, equipment and administration for the construction works of five hundred (500) social interest houses, with PCH kits, as part of the Techos de Esperanza program, for the province of Veraguas, towns of Atalaya, San Francisco, Calobre and Santiago."

Optimistic Projections for Housing Fair

March 2018

The Panamanian Construction Association is planning mortgage transactions of $120 million at the Housing Expo, which will be held from April 12 to 15 at the Atlapa Convention Center.

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Nicaragua: Housing Construction to Grow By Just 12%

August 2013

For 2013, the Chamber of Builders of Nicaragua projects an increase in housing construction of between 10% and 12%, the lowest percentage in the past three years.

"In the last three years, not including the current one, between 12,000 and 14,000 homes were built, that's a ratio of about 4000 houses per year, for this reason we believe that this year growth will not have the same level bringing acceleration," said Alberto Atha, vice president of the Chamber of Urban Builders (Cadur).

Costa Rica: Food Industry Complains about Sugar Monopoly

February 2011

The Costa Rican Food Industry Chamber called for the withdrawal of a 45% tariff protecting sugar.

The Chamber calls for the removal of all distortions present in the market of food raw materials, of which sugar is one of the most important and widely used. Marco Cercone, president of the Chamber, noted that the monopoly has raised prices up 22%, and said increase makes it impossible for the food industry to compete, taking its highest toll among small and medium companies.

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