Panama: Vetoes of Procurement Law

President Varela signaled the need to include medicine purchases in the law, among other objections, and did not make mention of the debarment of companies with foreign convictions for corruption.

Monday, June 20, 2016

The main objection put forward by various social groups to the new law on state procurement is that it does not establish the exclusion of businesses convicted abroad for corruption from being state providers, and these groups have asked President Varela to veto the law for that reason .The president vetoed 8 articles of the law, but did not say anything in his observations about that particular topic.

From a statement issued by the Presidency of Panama:

The President of the Republic, Juan Carlos Varela partially vetoed Articles 1, 24, 33, 35, 36, 50, 66 and 77 of Bill 305, which amends Law 22 of 2006, which regulates public procurement and introduces other provisions.

The decision of the President is based on the inconvenience of Article 1 of Project 305, which contains the provisions initially proposed in relation to the procurement of goods, services and works, in particular for the public health sector, and introduced in a first debate in the Assembly.

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