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Construction works for the Green Convention Center of Boquete began with the breaking of the ground on Monday, August 7. The building will be located on a 4 hectare lot located in the area of El Frances, donated by the entrepreneur Ricardo Perez and will have an approximate cost of $12 million.
During the ceremony, the Panama Tourism Authority Administrator, Gustavo Hi m, said that this project expands Boquete’s tourist offer and opens up opportunities which will make an important difference to this district which has options for ecotourism, nature and gastronomy.
“This will be the only center of its kind in the region, surrounded by nature, with environmentally friendly structures, a recyclable waste water plant and renewable energy system,” said Him.
The initial capacity of the green center will be 2,000 people. Him added that the idea is to expand it later, depending on market needs. “The objective is for the center to take advantage of the environment and make its operation economically affordable,” said the administrator.
Him added that the green center will boost congress and convention tourism in the province and will positively affect the transport, tour operators, travel agencies, hotels and restaurant sectors.
Felipe Rodríguez, President of the Occidental Region Competitiveness Center CECOM-RO, pointed out that this project with its “green concept”, in harmony with the environment, using clean technology, is a model of construction for the country and the whole region.
Rodríguez explained that this project “does not belong to any one person but is the property of all”. The idea was the brainchild of the Mayor of Boquete, Emigdio Walker, supported by the ATP and Ricardo Pérez. “This alliance, brings together the efforts of the public and private sectors and should be replicated in the rest of the country to demonstrate that together we can solve the social and economic problems of the region,” he said.
For the development of this project a public/private alliance was made with the Fundación Pro Chiriquí, the Chamber of Commerce of Chiriquí, APEDE and the Occidental Region Competitiveness Center (CECOM-RO).
Soon the ATP will initiate the tendering process to select the company which will design and build the convention center.