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The Ministry of Public Works announced the rescinding of asphalt contracts with dozens of suppliers. In a press conference at the Presidential Palace on Tuesday, 13 October 2020, legal advisor to the President Antoliano Peralta; the director of the Procurement Agency Carlos Pimentel, and deputy minister of Public Works Roberto Herrera explained a review of the contracts showed these were rife with irregularities.

Carlos Pimentel, the Procurement Agency director, said that the contracts were unfair, illegal and harmful to the collective interests. The contracts with dozens of companies were found to violate Procurement Law 340-06. He said the government will be contracting for paving roads with principles of transparency, equity and competitivity. Tenders will be held. “All suppliers will have the opportunity to participate. We are opening up a competition for government asphalt purchases...

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