Panama: Ambulance Tender Canceled

In Panama private companies and government control institutions have identified irregularities in the tender process which is worth over $30 million.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

The Panamanian Health Ministry has canceled the tender for 163 ambulances, worth close to $33 million.

On May 7th PanamáCompra published details of the tender for the purchase of 163 ambulances under a turnkey project, at a cost of $33 million, a tender which caused upset to local companies who complained that the process was a "custom fit."

Among other questions raised was the need to standardize the purchase of vehicles for the ambulance service, imposing international standards required by the standard KKK-A-1822F, born out of a purchase specification generated by the U.S. Federal General Services Administration.

The technical specifications of the five models of ambulances were not included in the tender conditions because the Minister of Health deemed it "not necessary". Neither did the technical specifications for the medical equipment appear, contrary to what happened in other tenders.

As noted an article in, "the Minstry of Health will be announcing soon a new tender for Integral Ambulance Services for the whole country."

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$40 million Tender in Panama Suspended

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The competition for the purchase of 159 ambulances whose submission date for proposals was today, has been suspended at the request of the Authority for Transparency and Access to Information.

From a press release issued by the Ministry of Health of Panama (MINSA)

The Ministry of Health has made public its position on certain publications in various national media, related to the tender of an Integrated Ambulance System.