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The Ministry of Foreign Relations (Mirex) announced plans underway to outsource the issuing of visas, passports and other consular services.

The Ministry of Foreign Relations is throwing in the towel and desisting from combatting corruption in visa and passport issuing. Instead, a tender is called to pass on the responsibility to a private company.

The Ministry has opened a tender and invites local and international companies to present proposals to operate the reception of visa applications, passport renewals and other consular procedures. The Ministry seeks significant progress in the reduction of waiting times, improvement of communication channels and transparency in the income received.

Mirex says privatization has been successful in El Salvador, Italy, Guatemala and Spain. The pilot plan would be implemented in six locations in the first year — Buenos Aires, Barcelona...

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