Countries of the Americas to jointly negotiate public purchases of materials to combat COVID-19

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WASHINGTON, USA – The governments of the 33 countries of the Americas that are part of the Inter-American Network on Government Procurement (INGP) will have access to the joint negotiation mechanism for the purchase of medicines, medical devices, and other goods from the Council of Ministers of Health of Central America (COMISCA), based on the efforts carried out jointly by the Organization of American States (OAS), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and COMISCA itself.

The OAS serves as the technical secretariat of the INGP, made up of: Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, Ecuador, El Salvador, United States, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, the Dominican Republic, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and Uruguay.

In this way, the countries will have a stronger negotiating position to access better prices and conditions to acquire the materials they need to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

Given the declaration of COVID-19 as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO), the INGP and its strategic partners have assumed the commitment to promote, assist and effectively strengthen the response capacity of member countries facing this emergency.

The joint negotiation mechanism is a regional public good that serves to safeguard public health through transparent, accessible and comprehensive public purchasing processes.

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