From public procurement to open contracting for infrastructure, a CoST Panama story

CoST – the Infrastructure Transparency Initiative (CoST) promotes transparency, participation, and accountability in the delivery of infrastructure projects. It does this through multi-stakeholder working, disclosure of data, an independent review known as the CoST assurance process, and social accountability.

In 2020, CoST Panama’s through the World Bank, won an Open Government Partnership (OGP) grant to implement a project titled “Open Contracting and Transparency in Panama’s Public Infrastructure”.

As a result of this effort, the Government of Panama, through the General Directorate of Public Procurement (DGCP) and the National Authority for Transparency and Access to Information (ANTAI), designed an ambitious project that involves three fundamental pillars, including innovation and digital transformation, actions supported by legislation and regulations that allow the implementation of various technology in the “PanamaenObras” and “PanamaCompra”. These innovations were driven by the need to increase citizen access to data from the entire life cycle of public infrastructure projects. CoST Panama included commitments in the OGP National action plan, the commitments focused on transparency in public procurement, data use, and accountability.