Costa Rica: Good Governance, from Process to Results

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The review analyses key areas of public governance in Costa Rica and identifies opportunities to improve the performance of the state in order to ensure more effective and efficient service delivery for all citizens. It examines co-ordination at the centre of government, public policy monitoring and evaluation and the use of the budget framework for strategic planning. It also looks at human resource management, integrity policies and public procurement, and multi-level governance. The review provides recommendations to assist the government in strengthening the capacity of the public sector to support social and economic development.



Supporting integrity policies in public procurement in Costa Rica

This chapter studies reforms to the legal framework and the institutional set up to safeguard the integrity of the procurement process. The chapter examines the functions of the Comptroller General, the Ministry of Finance (Department of Management and Public Procurement) and of specialised units within each institution that are key actors in the procurement process. It also defines opportunities to strengthen the institutional framework as well as priority areas to increase integrity, transparency and accountability. The chapter gives recommendations on how the government of Costa Rica can use public procurement in a more transparent and effective manner to achieve policy objectives, i.e. by creating a public procurement authority or agreeing on a single procurement platform that covers the whole public sector, including the autonomous entities.


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