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Ambassador delivered a presentation to the Japan Shipping Exchange Inc.

Monday, December 14th, 2015

On December 4, 2015, H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador and Consul-General of Panama in Tokyo, delivered a presentation, titled “Update about Panama Maritime Policy and the Panama Canal Expansion”, to The Japan Shipping Exchange Inc., in the headquarters of the said organization.

In reference to the maritime policies, Ambassador Diaz explained about the modernization process of the service platform of the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP), and its strategies and innovations, including the installation of the New Seafarers´s Automated Application System- SAA, which reduces the time and cost of users to issue the license of seafarers.

Furthermore, he referred to Panama´s excellent record regarding the detention of Panamanian vessels, which allows Panama to be included in the White Lists of Tokyo MOU, Paris MOU as well as US Coast Guard (USCG).

In addition, Ms. Tomoko Akino, official in charge of the Ship Registry Section in the Consulate General of Panama in Tokyo, delivered a briefing about the discount policies of the Panama Maritime Authority, including the special discount for the green ships designed to reduce marine and air pollution.

As for the Panama Canal Expansion project, Ambassador Diaz informed that the reparation of the cracks detected at the new lock chambers in the Pacific side will finish in January 2016, with the opening of the expanded Canal in April 2016. He also informed about the new tolls system which will come into effect in April 2016.

It is important to point out that the conference had approximately 45 attendees, coming from important maritime, logistic, trading companies and other organizations.

The presentation ended up with a cocktail reception, where participants exchanged opinions with the Ambassador and the personnel of the Consulate, strengthening the relations with the people from maritime sector.

H.E. Ritter N. Diaz,  Ambassador and Consul-General of Panama in Tokyo, delivering the presentation
H.E. Ritter N. Diaz, Ambassador and Consul-General of Panama in Tokyo, delivering the presentation
Sra. Tomoko Akino, explicando sobre los descuentos de la Autoridad Marítima 
de Panamá
Sra. Tomoko Akino, explicando sobre los descuentos de la Autoridad Marítima de Panamá
Participants during the presentation
Participants during the presentation
Participants during the presentation
Embajador Díaz intercambiando opiniones con los participantes

Meeting with NYK and Mitsubishi Logistics

Monday, December 14th, 2015

On December 1, 2015, Ritter N. Diaz, Ambassador of Panama in Japan, participated in a meeting with Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK LINE) and Mitsubishi Logistics Corporation in order to exchange opinions about the services of the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP).

During the meeting, the representatives from NYK delivered a presentation about the status of their fleet and the number of Panama-flagged ships owned by the company.

Ambassador Diaz expressed his gratitude for the information, reaffirming the importance of NYK as one of the principal users of the Panama Registry and the Panama Canal.

Embassy of Panama organized “Panamanian Cuisine Evening”

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

On November 28th, 2015, the Embassy of Panama in Japan organized the cultural event “Panamanian Cuisine Evening”, in order to celebrate The Month of the Motherland and express gratitude to those who have given their great support to this Mission during this year.

H.E. Ritter N. Diaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, delivered the opening remarks, in which he stressed the importance of the month of November for Panamanian citizens in commemoration of the two historical events: the Independence of Panama from Spain on November 28th, 1821, and the Separation of Panama from Colombia on November 3rd, 1903.

Furthermore, he expressed his sincere gratitude to the participants for their support to promote and disseminate the culture of Panama.

On the other hand, Mr. Kazuyuki Hamada, Member of the House of Councillors, delivered a speech for The Month of the Motherland of Panama, pointing out that Panama will maintain its sustainable economic growth due to the initiation of operation of the expanded Panama Canal.

The event was held at the Reserva restaurant, which was decorated with posters of attractive images of Panama, as well as a video of the Panama Canal.

The participants enjoyed various kinds of typical dishes of our country, such as fried plantain, empanadas, shrimp salad with avocado and tomato, sausage stew, chicken stew, rice with guandu beans and chopped steak, as well as bread-pudding as dessert, and eggnog made with Panamanian rum and Geisha Coffee. They also enjoyed Panamanian music performed by local artists.

The activity was attended by more than 80 people, including various Members of Parliament, members of the Diplomatic Corp accredited in Japan, as well as executives from important companies and general collaborators of the Embassy. It helped to strengthen even more the good ties between Panama and Japan.

H.E. Ritter N. Diaz, Ambassador of Panama in Japan, delivering the opening remarks
H.E. Ritter N. Diaz, Ambassador of Panama in Japan, delivering the opening remarks
Mr. Kazuyuki Hamada, Member of the House of Councillors of Japanese Parliament, delivering his speech
Mr. Kazuyuki Hamada, Member of the House of Councillors of Japanese Parliament, delivering his speech
Mr. Makoto Misawa, President of the Panama Japan Friendship Association and Former Ambassador
Mr. Makoto Misawa, President of the Panama Japan Friendship Association and Former Ambassador
Local artists performing Panamanian songs
Local artists performing Panamanian songs
Participants enjoying Panamanian dishes
Participants enjoying Panamanian dishes
Rice with Guandu
Rice with Guandu
Chopped steak
Chopped steak
Sausage stew
Sausage stew
Chicken stew
Chicken stew
Shrimp salad with avocado and tomato
Shrimp salad with avocado and tomato
Empanadas
Empanadas
Fried plantains
Fried plantains

Ambassador delivered a presentation “Update about the Panama Maritime Policy and the Panama Canal Expansion”

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

On November 18, 2015, H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador and Consul-General of Panama in Tokyo, delivered a presentation, titled “Update about Panama Maritime Policy and the Panama Canal Expansion”, in the ordinary meeting of the International Propeller Club of Japan, which was held at the Japan National Press Club.

In reference to the maritime policies, Ambassador Diaz explained about the modernization process of the service platform of the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP), and its strategies and innovations, including the installation of the New Seafarers´s Automated Application System- SAA, which reduces the time and cost of users to issue the license of the seafarers.

Furthermore, he referred to Panama´s excellent record regarding the detention of Panamanian vessels, which allows Panama to be included in the White Lists of Tokyo MOU, Paris MOU as well as US Coast Guard (USCG).

As for the Panama Canal Expansion project, Ambassador Diaz informed that the cracks detected at the new lock chambers in the Pacific side is being repaired. He also explained that it is expected to conclude the construction by this December, with the opening of the expanded Canal in April 2016.

It is important to point out that the conference had approximately 65 attendees, coming from important maritime, logistic, trading companies and other organizations.

H.E. Ritter N. Diaz,  Ambassador and Consul-General of Panama in Tokyo, delivering the presentation
H.E. Ritter N. Diaz, Ambassador and Consul-General of Panama in Tokyo, delivering the presentation
Participants during the presentation
Participants during the presentation
From left to right, H.E. Ritter N. Diaz,  Ambassador and Consul-General of Panama in Tokyo, Mr. Samuel Quevara, Chief of SEGUMAR Office in Tokyo, Mr. Jochen Loehnert, Chairman of the International Propeller Club of Japan
From left to right, H.E. Ritter N. Diaz, Ambassador and Consul-General of Panama in Tokyo, Mr. Samuel Quevara, Chief of SEGUMAR Office in Tokyo, Mr. Jochen Loehnert, Chairman of the International Propeller Club of Japan

Courtesy visit from H.E. Masaaki Yamazaki, President of the House of Councillors of Japanese Parliament

Monday, November 16th, 2015

On November 11, 2015, H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, received a courtesy visit from H.E. Masaaki Yamazaki, President of the House of Councillors of the Japanese Parliament.

The President of the House of Councillors expressed his gratitude for the assistance of the Embassy of Panama in Japan in order to coordinate his visit to Panama on last October, by the invitation of H.E. Ruben De Leon, President of the Panama National Assembly.

Furthermore, Mr. Yamazaki informed that he was deeply impressed by the development Panama has achieved in these years and had the opportunity to visit the Panama Canal, including the expansion project.

In addition, he reiterated his appreciation to the National Assembly Authorities and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Panama for their kind hospitality during his stay in our country.

The visit of the President of the House of Councillors carried forward the effort shared between Panama and Japan in order to strengthen the excellent relations which already exists between both countries.

From left to right: H.E. Masaaki Yamazaki, President of the House of Councillors of Japanese Parliament, H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan
From left to right: H.E. Masaaki Yamazaki, President of the House of Councillors of Japanese Parliament, H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan

Ambassador Diaz participated in the International Friendship Marathon in Tokyo

Sunday, November 15th, 2015

On November 7th, H.E. Ritter N. Diaz, Ambassador of Panama in Japan, participated in the International Friendship Marathon in Tokyo, organized by the Non-Profit Organization, Active Middle International Association (AMIA), which also counted on the participation of the Ambassadors of Germany and Slovenia in Japan, as well as other diplomats from different Missions accredited in Tokyo.

Ambassador Diaz pronounced the runner’s oath, in which participants promised to comply with the rules of the marathon.

Ambassador run the 21km marathon in 2 hours and 5 minutes, in Odaiba area, next to Tokyo Bay.

AMIA annually holds sports events, including International Friendship Marathon, aiming to strengthen the relations between the Diplomatic Corp and the Japanese citizens.

Ambassador’s participation is regarded as one of the activities of the Embassy for cultural promotion to raise the profile of the the republic of Panama in Japan. .

F H.E. Ritter N. Diaz, Ambassador of Panama in Japan, pronouncing the runner’s oath
H.E. Ritter N. Diaz, Ambassador of Panama in Japan, pronouncing the runner’s oath
Ambassador Diaz, at the starting point
Ambassador Diaz, at the starting point
Ambassador Diaz, reaching the goal
Ambassador Diaz, reaching the goal

Latin America Bazaar 2015

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

On October 28th, 2015, the Embassy of Panama in Japan participated in the Latin American Bazaar 2015, which was organized by the Japan-Latin American and the Caribbean Ladies Association. The event took place at the Tokyo Prince Hotel.

The annually held Latin American Bazaar counts on the participation of Embassies of the Latin America and the Caribbean countries accredited in Japan, which exhibit products and traditional dishes. Funds raised during this event are donated to welfare organizations that help underprivileged children in Latin America and the Caribbean region.

The Embassy of Panama exhibited molas, chungas, chaquiras and other types of handicrafts, which strongly attracted the attention of attendants.

The Panamanian diplomatic mission also offered traditional dishes such as “biztec picado y arroz con maíz” (chopped beef steak and corn rice), “ensalada de papas con remolacha” (potato and beat salad), “plátano en tentación”(syrupped bananas), and a traditional dessert so called “mamallena” (bread-pudding) , as well as a traditional drink known as “ron ponche” (eggnog made with rum) .

The event counted on the distinguished participation of Her Imperial Highness Princess Hitachi, who was delighted by the colorful Panamanian molas.

From right to left, H.E. Ritter Díaz, Ambassador of Panama in Japan, and his wife, Ayana Hatada, at the Panamanian booth
From right to left, H.E. Ritter Díaz, Ambassador of Panama in Japan, and his wife, Ayana Hatada, at the Panamanian booth
Visitors at the booth of handicrafts
Visitors at the booth of handicrafts
Booth of handicrafts
Booth of handicrafts
Visitors enjoying panamanian traditional plates
Visitors enjoying panamanian traditional plates
Chopped beef steak and corn rice
Chopped beef steak and corn rice

 

 

Embassy of Panama participated in the Inaugural Ceremony of Painting Exhibition on the occasion of the SICA-JAPAN Friendship Year

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

On October 8, 2015, the Embassy of Panama participated in the Inaugural Ceremony of the Paintings Exhibition to commemorate the SICA-JAPAN Friendship Year, which was organized by the Embassies of SICA countries in Japan.

Mr. Antornio Gil de Carrasco, Director of the Instituto Cervantes in Tokyo, delivered welcome remarks to the participants, expressing his satisfaction with cooperating in the SICA-JAPAN Friendship Celebration.

During the Inaugural Ceremony, H.E. Hector Paulino Dominguez, Ambassador of the Dominican Republic, gave a speech where he informed about the advances of social economic development in SICA countries, reaffirming the commitment of SICA to continue contributing to its growth.

The event have the presence of Mr. Ken Hashiba, Director of Mexico, Central America and Caribbean Division, who, on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affaires of Japan, emphasized in his speech the importance of close collaboration between SICA and Japan.

The Painting Exhibition of Central America countries, including some Panamanian painters’ works, will be opened to the public from October 8 to 22, on the 2nd floor of Instituto Cervantes in Tokyo, with the purpose to introduce Japanese people the rich variety of the culture of Central America.

First from left: Mr. Ken Hashiba, Director of Mexico, Central America and Caribbean Division, during his speech.

First from left: Mr. Ken Hashiba, Director of Mexico, Central America and Caribbean Division, during his speech.

H.E. Hector Paulino Dominguez, Ambassador of the Dominican Republic, with other Heads of Mission of SICA countries, delivering his speech. To the right, Mr. David De Leon, Economic Counsellor of the Embassy of Panama in Japan

H.E. Hector Paulino Dominguez, Ambassador of the Dominican Republic, with other Heads of Mission of SICA countries, delivering his speech. To the right, Mr. David De Leon, Economic Counsellor of the Embassy of Panama in Japan

Mr. Antonio Gil de Carrasco, Director of the Instituto Cervantes in Tokyo, delivering welcome remarks

Mr. Antonio Gil de Carrasco, Director of the Instituto Cervantes in Tokyo, delivering welcome remarks.

Panamanians’ paintings

Panamanians’ paintings

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Panama joins Tokyo MOU

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

On October 5, 2015, the Republic of Panama was accepted as a Cooperating Member of the Memorandum of Understanding (Tokyo MOU) during the Twenty-sixth Meeting of the Port State Control Committee (OSCC26) held in Putrajaya, Malaysia.

The delegation of Panama was represented by H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panama in Japan, and Eng. Rolando Hernandez, Chief of Segumar Singapore of the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP).

Once Panama’s membership was approved, Ambassador Diaz expressed his sincere gratitude to the member states of Tokyo MOU for their support and confidence in the Port State Control of Panama, reaffirming the commitment of the Panama Maritime Authority to support the Tokyo MOU in the strengthening of the inspection system of ships in the Asia-Pacific region, standardizing port regulations and collaborating with member states to reduce the number of substandard shipping.

The Tokyo MOU is an intergovernmental cooperation body composed of 20 countries in the Asia-Pacific Region, namely, Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Fiji, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, The Philippines, Russian Federation, Singapore, Thailand, Vanuatu and Viet-Nam.

The main objective of the Tokyo MOU is to eliminate substandard shipping, promoting effective implementation of the agreements at the International Maritime Organization, as well as develop efficient Port State Control System in each member country.

On joining this regional organization, Panama will be able to obtain accurate information about inspections, technical deficiencies and the detention of ships in the ports of Asia-Pacific, as well as direct contacts with the maritime authorities of the member States of the Tokyo MOU.

Second from the left, Ambassador Díaz, during the twenty-sixth meeting of Tokyo MOU held in Putrajaya, Malaysia.

Second from the left, Ambassador Díaz, during the twenty-sixth meeting of Tokyo MOU held in Putrajaya, Malaysia.

Representatives of the Member States, during the twenty-sixth meeting of the Control Committee of States Guiding Ports of Tokyo MOU

Representatives of the Member States, during the twenty-sixth meeting of the Control Committee of States Guiding Ports of Tokyo MOU

 

 

Embassy participated in The Global Festa JAPAN 2015

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

On October 3 and 4, 2015, the Embassy of Panama in Japan participated in the International Cooperation event “Global Festa JAPAN 2015, which was held in the Promenade Park in Odaiba, Tokyo.

The purpose of this festival is to explain Japanese citizens of different ages about the international cooperation activities carried out by the government and NGOs, in order to gain more public understanding and support of the necessity for the global development.

The stand of the Embassy displayed posters and banners of Panama, as well as a video presentation of the Panama Canal, distributing brochures with the country´s general information, history, indigenous culture, and ecotourism. In addition, Panamanian handcrafts “MOLA” and specialty coffee were exhibited with the purpose of promoting traditional and gastronomic culture of Panama to the visitors.

The event was attended by more than 250 institutions, including Embassies and NGOs, who contributed to the promotion of international cooperation to more than 100,000 visitors.

From left to right, Mr. Takeshi Takano, Director General of Latin America and the Caribbean Department, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Ambassador Díaz

From left to right, Mr. Takeshi Takano, Director General of Latin America and the Caribbean Department, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Ambassador Díaz