Panama government spends US$18 million on automobiles

Over the last 12 months, Panama's state institutions have spent a total of US$18 million on purchases of automobiles and buses through the PanamaCompra website.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

But Edilberto Ruiz, director of public contracts said that the amount only seemed high because the purchases are bundled together now on the website. Previously each government department bought vehicles separately and no total figure was published, Ruiz said.

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