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Senate to discuss airport concession bill (Regional)
Paraguay's senate will begin discussing a bill on December 16 to concession capital Asuncion's Silvio Pettirossi international airport, the public works and communications ministry (MOPC) said in a release.


The bill was presented by President Fernando Lugo as a matter of urgency in October this year.


"The approval of the airport concession law is of utmost importance to the country. It's a big plan which, apart from turning around the current deficient conditions of the Silvio Pettirossi airport, [...] will provide employment to 15,000 Paraguayans through private investment in infrastructure," said public works minister Efrain Alegre.


The Silvio Pettirossi concession will last a maximum of 30 years and require an estimated US$100mn investment, BNamericas reported previously. The concession involves building, remodeling, expanding, operating and maintaining passenger and cargo terminals, and operating commercial, industrial and service areas.


The bill also includes plans to concession Guarani airport in Ciudad del Este, and the Chaco aerodrome in Mariscal Estigarribia city. However, it has yet to be established whether the three airports will be concessioned separately or as a package.

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