Officials to China seeking Ruta 32 deal

The minister and a vice minster of public works are off to China in an effort to renegotiate a contract for rebuilding Ruta 32, the main highway that carries imports and exports to Limón.

The are  Carlos Segnini, the minister of Obras Públicas and Transportes, and  Mauricio González, a vice minister of infrastructure. They will be meeting with representatives of  China Harbour Engineering Co. and the Chinese Import and Export Bank.

The Chinese executives made the proposal during the previous administration, and immediately there were objections. For example, the ruling contract was supposed to be in Chinese. In addition, there was no design work done to enable officials to determine if the Chinese price of $437 million was appropriate. The contract was supposed to be denominated in Chinese currency.

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