Isthmian Update Some of the news in Panama

Calling for the Cold Chain

With ten months left for the completion of the mandate of president Ricardo Martinelli, he has not delivered any component of the project called the Cold Chain (Cadena de Frio), with which he promised to lower the cost of basic goods and improve the system of production by farmers. Initially the market of David, in Chiriqui, should have been ready in June 2012, but the work was delayed a year, with a new deadline of June this year. The daily La Prensa pointed out that it was also not met in this month.

MIDA gobbles up ANAM and ARAP

The Ministry of Agricultural Development (MIDA) will assume the responsibilities of the National Environmental Authority (ANAM) and the Aquatic Resources Authority of Panama (ARAP). The initiative of the Minister of Agriculture, Oscar Osorio, is criticized by environmentalists and producers who indicate ineffectiveness of the MIDA to address these issues.

Agricultural proposal to CAF

Faced with the demands of the global market and to boost latent needs of export marketing, the Front for the Rescue of the Agricultural Sector, through the Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture of Chiriqui presented to the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF), the proposal to finance the project of the Center for Agricultural Productivity and Competitiveness.

Security meeting inCasco Antiguo

The neighborhood watch group Amigos y Vecinos del Casco Antiguo (AVACA) holds today, Thursday, a security meeting called in light of a shooting that took place in the Old Quarter recently. Crime has dropped significantly since restoration works began in this Unesco World Heritage site.

President pro-health care

President Ricardo Martinelli has asked the deputies for help to approve the project that enables health recruitment abroad to provide optimal care in all regions of the country. The Panamanian president’s remarks came during the opening of a MoH-Capsi clinic in Pesé in the province of Herrera, which will benefit more than 21,000 people in this sector and surrounding areas.

CAPAC projects $300 million in sales

The Panamanian Chamber of Construction (CAPAC) expects Capac Expo Habitat 2013, the exclusive fair of the construction industry, to have business transactions of $300 million. The organizers expect an increase of 11% in transactions in relation to those reported last year, which totaled $270 million.

Ethanol in the gas

This month gasoline became blended with ethanol in Panama even though the capital’s cabbies still seek support to oppose it. They held a meeting in Santiago to stop this measure. According to the president of the Transport Council of the Interior of the Country (Cotradin) Jacinto Guerra, this compulsory measure is improvised, so many taxi drivers inside and outside the capital reject it.

High marks for airport infrastructure

Rating agencies, such as Standard & Poor’s, have placed Panama in fourth place in airport infrastructure quality globally. Added to this, they have called it the country with the best connectivity, according to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). Following these results, the Panamanian Chamber of Information Technology and Telecommunications (Capatec) is examining the technological possibilities for continued growth in the logistics sector.

Trading with Europe

The Government approved a bill to implement a free trade agreement with the European Free Trade Association, as part of the policy of rapprochement with Europe and export diversification.

Biden to visit

US Vice President Joe Biden will visit Panama in the third week of this month to see the Canal expansion and meet with President Ricardo Martinelli. His trip will be preceded by stops at the ports of Savannah and Charleston. He will also visit Mexico on the trip.

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