The finance minister says that the current MerLink purchasing system will be phased out and a new system will be created and run by Radiográfica Costarricense S.A., the Internet provider.
The announcement Thursday was another step in the effort by the Solís administration to abolish the MerLink system.
The Ministerio de Hacienda has its own system, CompraRed, which it has been promoting. The government will create what is being called Sistema Integrado de Compras Públicas. Official estimate that the savings in running the system will be more than $500 million in the first year.
The Ministerio de Ciencia y Tecnología will participate in creating and operating the new system.
Both MerLink and CompraRed use online technology to display bid offers from government agencies and to post the winning bids.
Officials want to have the new system running by next Dec. 31 and all the government agencies online with it a year later
The choice of the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad subsidiary known as RACSA was a surprise because the company is known to be in financial trouble.