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Typical Costa Rican Bureaucracy Keeps Delaying New Convention Center

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Typical Costa Rican bureaucracy seems to be the root of the problem behind delays in the construction of a new convention center wanted by the Costa Rican Tourism Institute. The winning architect of the project either failed or forgot to register with the CCSS causing the contract award to be investigated, where it was determined the architect was not registered because he did not exercise economic activity in recent years within the country but once he won the award, proceeded to do so.

Original Article Text From El Financero via Google Translate :

Failure of ICT award prompted the convention center were set aside

Comptroller General of the Republic (CGR) determined that the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT) failed exhaustive research on compliance with requirements by a professional linked to the consortium won the tender to develop the Convention Center in Costa Rica.

This was made ​​explicit in the resolution being R-DCA-194-2012, issued on 20 April and that EF has a copy, which resolves three appeals filed by other companies and bidders in declaring partially place the arguments of one of them.

Last December, the ICT Consortium awarded the project to HKS & Associates in Costa Rica, it belongs to the architect Carlos Ramirez Duran , who at the time of winning the bid was not registered with the CCSS or as employer or as self employed.

Indeed, under Article 65 of Regulations of the Public Procurement Act any offer submitted by a national provider contain, among other things, certification that the offeror is a day in the payment of employer-employee obligations to the CCSS. In addition, Regulation No. 8449, issued by the CCSS to regulate the cited article indicates that if the natural or legal person is not registered, the institution responsible for awarding the bid projects should investigate the reasons for which In the situation.

In the case of ICT, the CGR said yes HKS asked the Consortium to refer the issue to which he responded that the architect was not registered because Ramirez did not exercise economic activity in recent years within the country but once won the award, proceed to do so.

“However, one misses in the record, according to the guidelines mentioned pre – Administration bidder has valued the clarification given against the provisions of these guidelines, “reads the resolution verbatim comptroller.”(…) To the non-application of Regulation No. 8449, it is necessary that bidder is the same administration and reason to justify the acceptance or rejection of the offer , “continues the CGR.So, the CGR partially accepted the appeal by the International Design Consortium and set aside the award to HKS.

ICT is defendedJuan Carlos Borbon, ICT general manager, told EF that l an institution did make an inquiry but was insufficient to the Comptroller.

“The rationale was based on the architect Ramirez had never figured as an employer in projects or as an independent and has always been used in other businesses,” said Bourbon.

Now what comes as the manager, is awarded to other bidders or reallocate to HKS.International Design Group Consortium and Partners Architects Consortium and SA Rojas, Associate Architect Bruno Stagno are the other two bidders were the same note as HKS in the adjudication process.

Bourbon said that delays of this type were included in the schedule of the Convention Center and will continue construction scheduled to begin in January 2013 and is expected to last 12 months. The convention center will have 15,000 square meters, with an exhibition hall of 6,000 m², three times larger than it does the Ramada Plaza Herradura. The c osts total work amounts to $ 30 million.

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