Public Works in 2019: $4 billion Investments Projected

The Varela administration's budget for next year includes $4.032 billion for the City of Health and new polyclinics, Metro Lines 2 and 3, and construction of road works, such as the Santiago-David highway.

Friday, August 17, 2018

The budget presented by the Ministry of Economy and Finance in Panama includes several items for public investment projects, which together amount to just over $4 billion, according to the institution's budget report. reports that "... Of this figure, most correspond to projects executed by the Ministry of Public Works (MOP), which accounts for about $1.0194 billion of the total. Following the MOP is the Panama Metro, whose requested share for next year is $582.8 million."

"... The projects coming under the umbrella of the Ministry of the Presidency have a budget of $370.1 million, while for those to be tendered by the Social Security Fund, among which is the City of Health, hospital equipment and construction of new polyclinics, $346.4 million has been requested. The Ministry of Housing and Territorial Planning intends to invest some $333.8 million next year between the Urban Renovation of Colón, Techos de Esperanza, the Solidarity Housing Fund and other projects."

The report adds that for the construction of new hospitals and polyclinics, $320 million has been budgeted.

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2019 Public Budget to be Discussed

July 2018

The proposal put forward by the Varela administration to the Assembly includes $5.225 billion for investment projects and $2.581 billion for servicing debt.

The Ministry of Economy and Finance reported that "... the proposal includes important public investment works, such as the Panama Metro ($582.8 million), the Fourth Bridge over the Canal ($288.7 million), Roofs of Hope ($163.6 million), Urban Renovation of Colón ($98.4 million), Sanitation of the Bay ($108.2 million), potable water and sewerage projects ($179.1 million), construction of hospitals and polyclinics in Colón, Darién, Veraguas, Chiriquí and Los Santos ($319.5 million), among other things."

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The approved budget for 2017 includes $5,148 million for works such as the extension to 8 lanes of the bridge-Arraiján Americas and to 6 lanes of the road San Carlos-La Chorrera.

From a statement issued by the Presidency of Panama:

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40% of the $20 billion approved by the Legislature for the next year's budget will be allocated to investments.

Bill 225, which dictates the general state budget for fiscal year 2016, amounting to 20 thousand 106 million balboas, was approved on its third reading by the plenary of the National Assembly.

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