From a statement by the Tourism Authority of Panama (ATP):
The tender for the new Convention Center in an area of 11 hectares in Amador will be held on August 24.
From 10 am until 1:00 pm in the Portobelo Room of the ATLAPA Convention Center, proposals will be accepted from companies participating in the event.
The next stage will be the opening of the envelopes by the two evaluation committees, financial and technological, to check the documentation.
After a period of evaluation the winner will be chosen to construct the convention center which will make Panama a world class leader for these types of meetings on the continent.
The Tourism Authority of Panama, ATP, has conducted all steps relevant to this tender act, from site visits to meetings with interested companies.
Salo Shamah, General Manager of the ATP, said that the building will be an icon for the city.
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The Mexican construction firm ICA has pointed to defects in the bidding process in the selection of the builder for the Amador Convention Center.
Now the State Procurement Directorate has five working days to resolve the complaint that has been lodged.
The company that filed the complaint alleges that the Tourism Authority of Panama (ATP) "published and called for the participating companies in act of opening financial bids without first making the three candidates public.
The Tourism Authority of Panama calling for companies to submit bids for the operation of the convention center.
The selection of the firm that will manage the convention center to be built in Amador at a cost of $194 million will not go through the PanamaCompra system. The Tourism Authority of Panama (ATP), said that they know of experienced firms for the project, and therefore they will hold the tender by invitation.
In order to finance the construction of a new convention center, the Panamanian government has decided to sell Atlapa.
The first step will be to negotiate a sale with tourist groups so that the center can be retained, then if this venture is not successful a best value tender will be created.
Administered by Panama's Tourism Authority, ATLAPA Conventions Center losses $1 million each year.
Salomón Shamah, manager of the Panamanian Tourism Authority, said in an article in Laestrella.com.pa that "ATLAPA is occupied 360 days each year, however it generates yearly losses of $1 million", and recommended that "administration of ATLAPA Conventions Center should be given in concession to a private operator".