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Groups call for partial veto of procurement law

It was approved last week by the National Assembly.

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Organized groups of civil society asked President Juan Carlos Varela Tuesday to partially veto the procurement bill approved Friday by the National Assembly.

In a press conference, representatives of the various organizations said that while there is "slight progress" with the law, it is also true that the document needs improvements.

They explained that there are "a number" of additional aspects to review including the approval of a "framework agreement" for contracts, regulation of direct recruitment, the need to improve the system of payments to providers, the stability of procurement officials, greater transparency in planning and budget formulation and the unification of the regulation of the acquisition of drugs and medical supplies.

Carlos Gasnell, president of the Panama chapter of Transparency International, stressed the positive aspects of the law, such as the elimination of abbreviated tenders.

The groups recalled that the current government pledged to adopt "a public system of purchase and procurement that is competitive and transparent."

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