The Cost of Hiding Information About Public Works

In Costa Rica, the Office of the Comptroller General of the Republic decided to cancel the contracts for two UNOPS road construction projects, after it decided to keep secret the files with the details of these contracts.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

The decision by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) to hide the details of the contracts for the two road construction projects assigned to it by the National Road Council (Conavo) cost state coffers dearly. 

Nacion.com explains that "... The Comptroller General of the Republic (CGR) annulled, on Tuesday, the awards of these two projects, because UNOPS has not allowed the bidding companies to see the complete contract files. This is the second time that the Comptroller's office has invalidated these awards."

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"... The Comptroller's resolution responds to appeals by the companies FCC Construcción América S.A. and H. Solís S.A. In the case of the Saprissa bridge, the construction was granted to the consortium composed of the construction companies MECO and Puentes y Calzadas for $22.3 million. Meanwhile the Garantías Sociales viaduct was assigned to MECO for $17 million."

Now, the Conavi must decide, together with UNOPS, if it makes the dossiers public or if it re-adjudicates the works.

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