Ositrán: It is urgent to include an anti-corruption clause in concession contracts

As part of measures that demonstrate a firm will to confront corruption, the president of the (Ositrán), Verónica Zambrano, reiterated the urgency of incorporating anti-corruption clauses in the current concession contracts.

In this way, he pointed out that the State can determine the nullity of these if the concessionaire companies participate in acts of corruption. He said that measures are required that aim not only to punish but to prevent.

From Ositran, five years ago, we have been promoting this measure, however, only in three of the 32 contractual agreements of transport infrastructure that we supervise has the text been incorporated that would allow that, if the concessionaires participate in an act of corruption, the State can immediately determine the nullity of the contract”, stated the president of the supervisory body.

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The three concession contracts in which the anti-corruption clause has been incorporated correspond to the Amazon Waterway project (Cohidro), the Salaverry Multipurpose Port Terminal (Concesionaria Salaverry Terminal Internacional SA) and the Muelle Sur del Callao Container Terminal (DP World Callao SRL ).

He indicated that there is an established guideline so that new concession contracts under the public-private partnership (PPP) modality include an anti-corruption clause, however, this does not extend to existing contracts. Even so, he considered it feasible to sign addenda to the original contracts after a transparent negotiation of the parties.

It is worth mentioning that also, as part of the fight against corruption and the generation of transparency in the processes, the Ositrán has been certified with the ISO 37001-2016 Anti-Bribery Management System, which implies that the institution has taken measures to prevent this crime from being committed. crime while performing their duties.

We believe that the best way to avoid corruption problems is to be transparent. If we all show what we do, there are much fewer risks of corruption in the system”, emphasized the president of Ositrán.

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