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Sunday, August 19 2018 @ 02:35 AM EDT

Chinese Bus Company Booted from Transmóvil Public Bid

Cars & TransportationBy Jessica Tasón and Grisel Bethancourt for La Crítica - The Chinese company Higer Bus Company Limited has been excluded from participating in the public bidding process to supply 420 new city buses for the Transmóvil project for having falsified a bond to guarantee their work, which was attributed Interoceánica de Seguros. The insurance company, Interoceánica de Seguros, said yesterday their company never issued any bond (called a "fianza de garantía" in Spanish) to the Higer Bus Company Limited. Through a press release directed to Panama's Ground Transit and Transportation Authority (ATTT), the insurance company warned if the Chinese company should win the public bidding process, the contract for the project should not be awarded to the Higer Bus Company Limited based on a bond of guarantee from the company Interoceánica de Seguros, and if the bus company had presented any document stating otherwise then that document is a fake or a forgery. (more) (See Comments)

Editor's Comment: This story was the big headline this morning. The ATTT has thrown the Chinese company Higer Bus Company Limited out of the process and will now proceed with the two remaining companies. The modernization of the public transportation system in Panama City will be based around the purchase of these first 420 buses, and since the new system will effect the lives of so many Panamanians every day it's obviously getting a lot of attention.

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The assistant director of the ATTT, Miguel Martinez, said the evaluating commission would continue by evaluating the remaining two proposals presented by the Volvo company and the Grupo Q consortium.

The Chinese company offered the lowest price at $51.5 million overall and $116,000 for each bus, not including the 5% tax. In second place was Volvo who bid $76.7 million and $174,095 for each bus. In third place was the Grupo Q consortium at $79.9 million overall and $181,363 for each bus.

ANTECEDENTS - In a ATTT report dated 2 February 2009, published on the "Panama Compra" webpage, informing that the Higer Bus Company Limited had presented documents among which was the endorsement certificate IG-00029 with a number corresponding to the public bidding process, issued by the Interoceánica de Seguros company, "which makes one assume that it was either an error or that it was falsified," said the insurance company.

In virtue of this serious anomaly, Interoceánica de Seguros communicated the Superintendent of Insurance, Ricardo García, that this company, Interoceánica de Seguros, "has not issued any bond, not to guarantee the work of this company, nor for the bidding process, nor for any other reason; and that we have never even received any kind of application or request regarding the same."

DEMANDS: JUSTICE

Two demands of invalidity have been interposed against the public bidding process for the Modernization program of Transport and Urban Mobility (Transmóvil), were admitted by the Room Third of the Supreme Court of Justice, under the communication of Magistrate Adan Arnulfo Arjona.

The resources of invalidity admitted before Supreme Court by lawyer Eduardo Antonio Quirós and the company Cochez-Martinez and Asociados, do not suspend the act that will be conducted by the ATTT.

Chinos falsifican fianza

Jessica Tasón y Grisel Bethancourt | Crítica en Línea

Higer Bus Company Limited presentó la oferta más baja.

La empresa china Higer Bus Company Limited quedó fuera de la licitación pública para el suministro de 420 buses urbanos del proyecto Transmóvil por la falsificación de su fianza de garantía, la cual se le atribuía a Interoceánica de Seguros.

La misma aseguradora aclaró ayer que nunca emitió tal fianza ni garantía a Higer Bus Company Limited. Mediante una nota de prensa, dirigida a la Autoridad del Tránsito y Transporte Terrestre (ATTT), advirtió que en caso de que la empresa china resultara favorecida en la licitación, no se adjudique el proyecto a dicha compañía con fianza de Interoceánica de Seguros, pues si hubiese sido presentado algún documento en este sentido, el mismo es falso.

Por su parte, el subdirector de la Autoridad del Tránsito y Transporte Terrestre (ATTT), Miguel Martínez, manifestó que la comisión evaluadora analizará las dos ofertas restantes a cargo de la empresa Volvo y el consorcio Grupo Q.

La empresa china fue la que ofreció el precio más bajo $51,151,000 y 116 mil por cada bus, precios que no incluyen el 5%. En segundo lugar, el grupo Volvo ofreció $76,775,895 y $174,095 por cada bus y en tercer lugar, Grupo Q ofertó un precio de $181,363.36 por cada bus, que más el 5% totalizan $79,981,240.

ANTECEDENTES

En un informe de la ATTT fechado el 2 de febrero de 2009, y que aparece publicado en la página de Panamá Compra, se informa que la empresa Higer Bus Company Limited había presentado documentos entre los que figura el endoso certificado IG-00029 con el número correspondiente al referido acto público, emitido por Interoceánica de Seguros, "lo que hace presumir que se trata de un error o que el mismo fue falsificado", manifestó la empresa aseguradora.

En virtud de esta grave anomalía, Interoceánica de Seguros comunicó al superintendente de seguros, Ricardo García, que a esa empresa, dicha aseguradora "no ha emitido ninguna fianza, ni garantía ni para esta licitación ni para ninguna otra, y ni siquiera fue sometida alguna solicitud al respecto".

DEMANDAS: JUSTICIA

Dos demandas de nulidad interpuestas contra el acto de licitación del Programa de Modernización de Transporte y Movilidad Urbano (Transmóvil), fueron admitidas por la Sala Tercera de la Corte Suprema de Justicia, bajo la ponencia del magistrado Adán Arnulfo Arjona.

Los recursos de nulidad admitidos ante la Sala de lo Contencioso Administrativa por el abogado Eduardo Antonio Quirós y la firma Cochez-Martínez y Asociados, no suspenden el acto que celebrará la Autoridad del Tránsito y Transporte Terrestre.

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