Law Nº 31841, published on July 21, 2023, provides for the creation of the National Infrastructure Authority (ANIN), a public executing agency attached to the Presidency of the Council of Ministers (PCM) that will be responsible for the formulation, execution and maintenance of infrastructure investment projects or programs at the national level, of the three levels of government, assigned or delegated pursuant to said Law.
Thus, pursuant to Articles 6 and 7 of the Law in question, the ANIN will be in charge of the following portfolio of infrastructure investment projects or programs (hereinafter, the “Projects”):
In the case of Projects in charge of regional governments or local governments, their incorporation into the ANIN portfolio requires, in addition to the corresponding Supreme Decree approved with the favorable vote of the Council of Ministers, the respective delegation agreement.
As can be seen, the purpose of the Law is for the State to have a highly specialized technical agency to take on, in a centralized manner, the execution of large infrastructure projects of the three levels of government.
However, by regulating the contracting procedures to which ANIN will be subject to execute such projects, it is implicitly acknowledged that the State itself has little or no confidence in the effectiveness and efficiency of Law No. 30225, State Contracting Law.
Indeed, Article 11 of the aforementioned Law empowers the ANIN to resort to up to four (4) cases of non-application of Law No. 30225, namely:
We are witnessing, then, a new episode in which the State itself departs from the general (supposedly unitary) regime of public contracting that it has had the opportunity to improve or correct on several occasions -being that, to date, even a new project of the Executive Power to replace Law No. 30225 is in process- preferring the easiness of not applying it, without considering the serious consequences of this decision, among others, those referred to the “effective” control of such contracting by the Supervisory Agency of Public Contracting, without considering the serious consequences of this decision. 30225- preferring the easiness of ordering its non-application, without considering the serious consequences of this decision, among others, those referred to the “effective” control of such contracting by the Supervisory Body of State Contracting – OSCE and the Comptroller General of the Republic.
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