Panama's Government Becoming Even More Executive

To adjust to the current conditions of the global advertising and communications market, authorities seek to enable direct purchases to foreign companies for up to $800.000.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Martinelli keeps managing the country in a very business-like way, now looking to loft the restrictions imposed by the public purchases law to hire advertising services abroad. The Panamanian Tourism Authority (ATP) will be the agency that will benefit the most with the new regulations.

The bill, which has already passed its first discussion in the legislative, has an article which reads: "due to the characteristics, uses and customs of foreign companies and looking specially at advertising, promotion and public relationships outside Panama, such purchases will be exempt from the contractor selection process when under $800.000".

It also eliminates the performance bond when hiring advertising or promotion with foreign companies.

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