Pressure to Approve Highway Concession
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Authorities in Guatemala verify the progress of the bill for the rehabilitation and operation of the Escuintla-Puerto Quetzal Highway, which was presented to Congress six months ago and have yet to make a statement.
Members of the National Council of Alliances for the Development of Economic Infrastructure (Conadie) attended the Congress of the Republic, with the objective of knowing the progress of the initiative of the project of public-private alliance, which was presented since October 5, 2018 and is in control of the Commission of Communications, Transport and Public Works.

See "Bureaucracy Threatens Highway Concession"

Víctor Manuel Martínez, Finance Minister and member of Conadie, explained to Prensalibre.com that "... As Conadie we urge Congress to give the evaluation, provide the debate and submit for consideration the project that is already from the Escuintla Highway to Puerto Quetzal. This first initiative will provide the sequence of the following projects under the public-private partnership that will be presented to provide the country with infrastructure."

Also see "Construction and Management of Highway Awarded" and "Highway Concession Confirmed"

Acisclo Valladares Urruela, Minister of Economy, said that "... within the meetings with the Legislative authorities, the ideal deadline (to discuss the initiative) is before the end of the ordinary session at the Congress on May 15. The selection process was carried out with transparency, as well as the return standards for the Government, once launched, so they are willing to clarify the doubts in plenary."

The project includes the 2 tracks that make up the Escuintla-Puerto Quetzal road section of the Central American route identified as CA-9 South "A", complementary works and other infrastructure to elevate it to highway level, as well as the administration, management, maintenance and operation of the Project, which guarantees the services of traffic with at least the required quality, reliability, continuity and safety.

Source: prensalibre.com
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The Guatemalan Congress voted against the bill that granted a private company the concession to rehabilitate and operate the Escuintla-Puerto Quetzal Highway, which will require the presentation of a new bill to revive the road project.
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Because of the lack of progress in Congress and the fact that 2019 is an election year, there is a risk in Guatemala that the concession to rehabilitate and operate the Escuintla-Puerto Quetzal Highway will not be granted.
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