The General National Budget Project (PGN) for fiscal year 2019 includes investments in infrastructure for 4.9 trillion PYG to be managed by the Ministry of Public Works and Communications (MOPC) and 1.5 trillion PYG to other public offices to be sued for construction, maintenance and conservation of buildings.
The MOPC will also develop an urban plan for the “Costanera Norte” (northern riverfront highway of Asuncion) and will convene the sectors involved in that project. The work of the Costanera Norte includes about 11 km, with a bike path of 15 km, alternative roads and the construction of two viaducts in the area of the Botanical Garden. The plans do not rule out the possibility of installing intensive industries in the recovered area with the aim of creating new jobs.
In addition, the MOPC expects to make the call for tenders for the reconstruction of the most critical sections of route No. 9 "Carlos Antonio López" (Transchaco route) before the end of the year, with the aim of awarding works in May 2019. The project will be executed under the modality of Rehabilitation and Maintenance Contracts by Service Indices (CREMA), and the reconstruction will be divided into 7 sections, plus route access to the cities of Loma Plata, Filadelfia, Neuland and others, which will be the eighth section of the project.
For its part, the National Electricity Administration (ANDE) projects works worth USD 298 million as priorities for 2019. To such end, ANDE will seek financing through the law that granting State guarantees. Thus, the contractor's credit would finance supply and construction contracts up to a value of USD 300 million with a guarantee of the Public Treasury and for a repayment term of ten years (plus a grace period of at least three years). ANDE will also improve and strengthen the electricity distribution lines of the metropolitan area, for which it will invest USD 100 million. It also foresees the construction of more underground distribution lines that, although they are much more expensive than the airlines, in the long term will be the solution to reduce, as much as possible, the interruptions of the electric service.
A new tool made available to the public by the National Office of Public Procurement (DNCP) shows the geographical location of the works tendered by the Government. The so-called "Mapa Interactivo de Licitaciones” (Interactive Bidding Map) allows searches to be carried out by bid name, calling entity, stages and dates, as well as providing detailed information on bids and contracts. The interactive map can be accessed through the following link: