The security minister had told lawmakers that the People’s Republic of China may pay for construction of a new police school. That means some $22 million that was supposed to be borrowed from the Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo can be spent elsewhere for police purposes, said the minister, Mario Zamora Cordero.
He was speaking with the Comisión Permanente de Asuntos Hacendarios at the legislature. The country is seeking to borrow $135 million from the development bank. The Ministerio de Justicia y Paz would administer the funds to run programs of violence prevention and social reintegration of prisoners.
Zamora said he hopes to get a formal agreement with China via diplomatic notes, he said. He said that loan money that was supposed to build the police school could be used to improve the structures of the various police stations in the country.