Road Maintenance Works in few hands

In keeping with tradition in Costa Rica, only three companies have been awarded contracts for routine road maintenance for 19 out of the 22 conservation areas, with contracts totalling $24 million.

Friday, February 5, 2016

The three companies that were awarded the contracts are Anamarcala, with 13 contracts, Fresa Fresca, with two contracts in Guanacaste and Also Frutales, with four contracts. Crhoy.com reports that "... The latter two both share the same owners. Alejandro Acosta and Sonia Solis, who are listed as president or secretary in both companies "

"... Routine maintenance refers to grass cutting, sewer cleaning and tree pruming, among other minor works that do not require specialized machinery. "

See "Costa Rica: Companies Who Benefit From State Inefficiency"

Crhoy.com adds that "... The awards to just three companies, contradicts the Council's intentions to 'democratize' conservation contracts, in contrast to what actually happens today. Cristian Vargas, manager of conservation at Conavi explained that the hiring process involved 59 companies, but only three met the requirements. "

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