Isthmian Update Some of the news in Panama

Guandú production crisis

The crisis facing pigeon pea production will increase and with it losses among Chiriqui producers in the region of the district of Boqueron, who claim to feel cheated by the failure of the authorities to keep their promises. The anthracnose fungus that has endangered production, this year prevented 200 hectares of sowing grain being supplied to the domestic market. This pea is called “guandú” in Panama.

Increasing drunk driving penalties?

Modifications to the traffic regulations will be submitted to the Board of the Traffic and Land Transport Authority (ATTT) this month. This was announced by the director of this entity, Roberto Moreno. “Drunken driving fines will range from $1,500 to $6,000. The majority of the penalties will double with this modification,” Moreno said.

How Panama can continue growth

The World Bank Vice President for Latin America and the Caribbean, Hasan Tuluy, recently shared the keys to increasing productivity in Panama and Latin America in the National Competitiveness Forum: “The big challenge is how to sustain Panama’s high and inclusive growth, from investment to boosting productivity.” He stressed that the keys to increasing productivity in Latin America are human capital, infrastructure, market competition and business climate.

Undeclared money total at Tocumen

A report by the National Customs Authority and the National Security Council reveals that from December 2009 to September 2013, foreign and local individuals have tried to enter the country without declaring a total of $9,069,005. All that money, details the report, has arrived at the Tocumen International Airport, the main air terminal which moves 16,000 passengers daily, according to the Comptroller’s Office.

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