UPDATE 1-Mexico agency issues recommendations to insure fair train tender

sábado 24 de enero de 2015 01:34 GYT

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MEXICO CITY Jan 23 (Reuters) - Mexico's antitrust watchdog on Friday warned some aspects of a new tender to build a high-speed train system would hinder fair competition, adding a new stumbling block for the government after a political scandal blew up around a previous contract.

Mexico's Federal Competition Commission issued a series of recommendations to change the terms of the new bid, arguing that some clauses would favor "some participants."

Late last year, China Railway Construction Corp (CRCC) and a group of Mexican partners won the tender to build the $3.75-billion rail line, but the contract was revoked and one of CRCC's Mexican partners sparked a conflict-of-interest scandal.

Last week, authorities revealed fresh preliminary bid terms for the train project linking Mexico City with the wealthy, industrial city of Queretaro.

The competition commission criticized specific technical and economic requirements in the new tender.

"The inclusion of a multitude of technical and economic elements  could provide an advantage to some participants," the commission wrote.

Commissioners highlighted technical scoring requirements such as that the winning bidder must have already built at least 300 km (186 miles) of high-speed train tracks.

The commission did not specify any companies by name. A commission spokesman said the recommendations were not binding.   Continuación...