Panama: More Control Over Concrete Sales

The Ministry of Public Works is proposing the creation of a National Asphalt Division, an entity which would be responsible for overseeing the quality of asphalt used on roads.

Monday, February 9, 2015

At the moment, authorization is being awaited from the Ministry of Finance for the creation of the National Asphalt Division which aims to, among other things, regulate the business of manufacturing concrete in the country, as well as improving control of product quality. reports that "... The theory of government is that with that office asphalt mixtures bought by the Ministry of Public Works will be controlled, meaning that things will last longer and need less maintenance."

"... The government says it will take advantage of this to change the technical specifications of the type of asphalt that is added to roads, information which, according to the Panamanian Society of Engineers and Architects and the Panamanian Chamber of Construction, has not been updated for two decades."

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Panama: Objections to Asphalt Stipulated in Tender

March 2015

The union of engineers has asked for the suspension of the tender to renovate a section of the Panamerican highway because the tender conditions demand a new asphalt mix that is not used in the country.

From a statement issued by the Panamanian Society of Engineers and Architects (SPIA):

Costa Rica: New Regulations on Cement

March 2015

Despite objections from the construction sector, the new regulation eliminates the maximum weight of 50 kilos per package and indicates that the recommended use by date should be established by a certified laboratory.

From a statement issued by the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Trade (MEIC):

High Demand for Cement in Panama

August 2013

The construction of megaprojects has caused a high demand for cement and an increase in the prices of the main material for the construction industry.

The fact that only two companies (Argos, and Cemex) lead the Panamanian market has caused prices to skyrocket because they are setting the price of this item. Experts expect that when demand for this raw material decreases, so will prices.

Criticism of Asphalt Pavements in Panama

September 2011

The Association of Engineers and Architects has questioned the quality of asphalt being used for road maintenance and construction.

A report by the Panamanian Association of Engineers and Architects (SPIA), "... suggests that the debatable part of the works being carried is the asphalt coating, which is only 5 centimetres thick", reports