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New public investment system to come into force by end-2011 (Uruguay)
Uruguay's new national public investment system (SNIP) is expected to become fully operative by end-2011, the planning and budget office's (OPP) public investment director, Julio Pivel, told BNamericas.


OPP director Gabriel Frugoni announced the creation of SNIP at a conference held December 20 in capital Montevideo. The new system is necessary to improve the quality of public investment in the country, Frugoni said.


SNIP, which will manage the investments of both national and local governments, was designed to optimize public investment and increase the efficiency and control of public spending, according to Pivel.


OPP is currently working on the methodologies to be used to assign and control project funds, as expected, as well as the system's legal framework and technology.


The government will use SNIP to prioritize investment in strategic sectors in the hope that it will stimulate private investment in the same areas, Pivel said. The government's main areas of interest are currently infrastructure, housing, education, health and sanitation.


Once ready, SNIP will be implemented in the ministries in charge of these priority areas. It will later be extended to the entire public sector.

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