Democracy index down
Panama reported a “sharp decline” on the Democratic Development Index of Latin America. Eleven years ago, in 2002 the country had a score of 8.3 and in 2009, when Ricardo Martinelli became President of the Republic, it had 7.2 points. In 2013 it fell to 5.2. The ranking measures 18 countries on a scale of 1 (minimum) to 10 (maximum) and is prepared by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, based in Germany, whose working principles are geared towards freedom, justice and solidarity.
Up in arms over foreign doctors
A national medical strike reached the week-long point yesterday without the parties closing positions. Doctors, on the one hand, require a veto of the law that allows the recruitment of foreign professionals and the government asks them to return to work because patients are suffering.
In recent years Panama has climbed to the highest positions in competitiveness, today it is the second most competitive economy in Latin America, after Chile and the first among Central American countries. According to the World Economic Forum, Panama is ranked 40th globally in terms of competitiveness, which leads Switzerland and makes it second in Latin America among 148 countries. About four years ago the Isthmus was located at position 59.