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Embassy of Panama receives Students Visit

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

On May 26, 2016, H.E.Ritter Diaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, received a school visit by the students from the Aikawa Junior High School, with the purpose of knowing various aspects of the Panamanian culture.

The Embassy of Panama delivered to the students a presentation about the Panama Canal, tourism, natural resources, historical heritages and indigenous tribes of Panama.

Also, the Embassy offered the participants some maps and pamphlets about Panama in Japanese. After the presentation, the students enjoyed a tasting of the Panamanian coffee and Panamanian typical sweets called Mamallena.

The students visit is part of the educational program of the Embassy of Panama in Japan with the aim to broaden the knowledge about our country among Japanese students.

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Panama Expo Grafica 2016

Monday, March 7th, 2016

Panama announces that the Panama Expo Grafica 2016 will take place in Atlapa Convention Center,Panama City, from September 15th to 18th.

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Panama and Japan signed a Memorandum of Cooperation for the Project of the Metro Line-3

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

On January 14th, 2016, H.E. Luis Miguel Hincapie, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Panama, and his counterpart, H.E. Hitoshi Kikawada, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan, signed the Memorandum of Cooperation between the Governments of the Republic of Panama and Japan on the Introduction of Quality Infrastructure in Panama City.

In the referred Memorandum, both governments agree on utilizing Japanese high-quality monorail technology for the implementation of the Line-3 Project, meanwhile, the civil work component of the Line-3 will be implemented basically in accordance with the procedures prescribed by Panamanian local regulations. In addition, the Government of Japan expressed its intention to provide a technical cooperation on a non-reimbursable basis to finance the project management and the interface management between the monorail system of the Metro Line-3 and the 4th Bridge over the Panama Canal.

From left:H.E. Luis Miguel Hincapie, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Panama and H.E. Hitoshi Kikawada, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan, signing in the Memorandum of Cooperation
From left:H.E. Luis Miguel Hincapie, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Panama and H.E. Hitoshi Kikawada, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan, signing in the Memorandum of Cooperation
Vice-Minister Hincapie and Parliamentary Vice-Minister Kikawada, exchanging the Memorandum of Cooperation after signing
Vice-Minister Hincapie and Parliamentary Vice-Minister Kikawada, exchanging the Memorandum of Cooperation after signing
Vice-Minister Hincapie and Parliamentary Vice-Minister Kikawada, shaking hands
Vice-Minister Hincapie and Parliamentary Vice-Minister Kikawada, shaking hands

Official Mission of the Vice-Minister finished successfully

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

On January 14, 2016, H.E. Luis Miguel Hincapie, Vice-Minister of the Foreign Affairs of Panama, held important meetings to promote the country as the Hub of Americas, in the context of his Official Mission to Japan

First, the Vice-Minister participated in a lunch offered by Mr. Koji Shibata, Senior Vice-President of Strategic Planning-Asia Pacific of ANA Holdings Inc., and later met Mr. Osamu Shinobe, President of All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd. (ANA), and Mr. Shuichi Fujimura, Executive Vice President of ANA, with whom he reiterated the interest of Panama of establishing a direct flight with Tokyo.

In addition, the Vice-Minister held a meeting with Mr. Tatsuhiro Shindo, Executive Vice President of Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO). He conveyed his gratitude to Mr. Shindo for the support of the organization to promote the products of Panama, through the International Food and Beverage Exhibition, called FOODEX, as well as the support for the Panama investment seminars, held in Tokyo.

During the meeting, the Vice-Minister also informed about the Panamanian government’s five-year investment plan, which includes the Metro Line-3 of Panama, and called for the participation of Japanese companies in different infrastructure projects of Panama.

In the bilateral meeting with H.E. Hitoshi Kikawada, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan, several issues were discussed. The Vice-Minister Hincapie expressed his satisfaction with the excellent relations between both governments and reiterated the invitation from President Varela to the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, to participate in the Inaugural Ceremony of the expanded Canal.

Furthermore, they discussed about the agreement of visa exception, that has been under negotiations between both countries during several years. The Vice-Minister Hincapie asked Mr. Kikawada for his support to advance this issue in order to conclude it successfully in the near future.

The Vice-Minister closed the official agenda in Tokyo with a courtesy visit to Mr. Hidetoshi Irigaki, Vice-President of Japan Internacional Cooperation Agency (JICA), to whom he expressed his sincere gratitude for the great effort of JICA staffs in order to advance the project of the Metro Line-3 with the international cooperation of the Japanese government.

During this visit, Vice-Minister Hincapie was accompanied by H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, H.E. Analuisa Bustamante, Director-General of Foreign Policy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Panama, H.E. Roberto Zuñiga, Director General of Protocol of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Panama, Ms. Nicole Wong, Chief of Staff of the Vice Minister’s Cabinet and Mr. David De Leon, Economic Counsellor of the Embassy of Panama in Japan.

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From left:H.E. Luis Miguel Hincapie, Vice-Minister of the Foreign Affairs of Panama、Mr. Osamu Shinobe, President of All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd. (ANA)
Participants in the meeting with All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd. and ANA Holdings Inc.
Participants in the meeting with All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd. and ANA Holdings Inc.
Meeting with the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)
Meeting with the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)
From left:Mr. Tatsuhiro Shindo, Executive Vice President of Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)、Vice-Minister Hincapie
From left:Mr. Tatsuhiro Shindo, Executive Vice President of Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)、Vice-Minister Hincapie
Vice-Minister Hincapie, exchanging opinions with H.E. Hitoshi Kikawada, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan
Vice-Minister Hincapie, exchanging opinions with H.E. Hitoshi Kikawada, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan

From left:Vice-Minister Hincapie、Parliamentary Vice-Minister Kikawada
From left:Vice-Minister Hincapie、Parliamentary Vice-Minister Kikawada

Official Mission to Japan of the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Panama strengthens the bilateral ties

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

On January 13, 2016, H.E. Luis Miguel Hincapie, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Panama, held important meetings with government and private sector representatives with the purpose of strengthening the bilateral ties between Panama and Japan. The visit also served for the preparation of the official visit to Japan of H.E. Juan Carlos Varela, President of the Republic of Panama, scheduled for the first half of 2016.

First, the Vice-Minister had a meeting with Mr. Yasumi Kudo, President of the Japan Shipowners’ Association (JSA), where participants exchanged opinions about maritime issues, which is relevant to the Japanese shipping industry, including the expansion project of the Panama Canal. He expressed his gratitude to JSA for their trust in the Panama Registry, and informed that the ratification process of the Ballast Water Management Convention and the Hong Kong International Convention (Ship Recycling Convention) has already started in Panama.

In the meeting with the President of the Japan Association of Travel Agents (JATA), the Vice-Minister Hincapie emphasized that the number of the tourists visiting Panama is growing, because of the various attractive factors, such as nature, world heritages, cultures and shopping. The tourists also get the benefits from the air connectivity which Panama provides as a Hub of the Americas, connecting the world with the main cities in the region and direct flights with KLM, Air France, Iberia, as well as Emirates and Lufthansa which will be operating in the next months.

The President of JATA pointed out the importance of Panama’s participation in the annual tourism exhibition “Tourism Expo Japan” of this year, where more than 170,000 people visited last year. He also advised to carry out a seminar about Panama during such event, targeting the major tourism operators and agencies, who are interested in developing their market in Central America.

Furthermore, theVice-Minister Hincapie held a meeting with Mr. Tomochika Uyama, Deputy Director-General of the Latin American and Caribbean Affairs Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, with the purpose of coordinating the official visit to Japan of H.E. Juan Carlos Varela, President of the Republic of Panama, scheduled for the first half of this year.

Finally, the Vice-Minister paid a courtesy visit to Mr. Seishiro Eto, Member of the House of Representatives and President of the Panama-Japan Inter-Parliamentary League. During the meeting, the Vice-Minister Hincapie expressed the gratitude from the Panamanian government to Mr. Eto for his important support which consolidates the political ties between both countries. It’s important to mention that Mr. Eto has a wide knowledge of maritime sector and also holds the position of President of the Maritime Promotion Association of Japan. During the meeting, they exchanged views about the Expansion of the Panama Canal and the Vice-Minister reiterated the invitation from the President Varela to the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, to participate in the Inaugural Ceremony of the expanded Canal.

During this visit, Vice-Minister Hincapie was accompanied by H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, H.E. Analuisa Bustamante, Director-General of Foreign Policy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Panama, H.E. Roberto Zuñiga, Director General of Protocol of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Panama, Ms. Nicole Wong, Chief of Staff of the Vice Minister’s Cabinet and Mr. David De Leon, Economic Counsellor of the Embassy of Panama in Japan.

Meeting with the Japan Shipowners’ Association (JSA)
Meeting with the Japan Shipowners’ Association (JSA)
From left:Mr. Yasumi Kudo, President of the Japan Shipowners’ Association (JSA)、H.E. Luis Miguel Hincapie, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Panama
From left:Mr. Yasumi Kudo, President of the Japan Shipowners’ Association (JSA)、H.E. Luis Miguel Hincapie, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Panama
Participants in the meeting with JSA
Participants in the meeting with JSA
Meeting with the Japan Association of Travel Agents (JATA)
Meeting with the Japan Association of Travel Agents (JATA)
From left:Vice-Minister Hincapie、Mr. Tatsuro Nakamura, President of the Japan Association of Travel Agents (JATA)
From left:Vice-Minister Hincapie、Mr. Tatsuro Nakamura, President of the Japan Association of Travel Agents (JATA)
Participants in the meeting with JATA
Participants in the meeting with JATA
From left:Vice-Minister Hincapie、Mr. Tomochika Uyama, Deputy Director-General of the Latin American and Caribbean Affairs Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
From left:Vice-Minister Hincapie、Mr. Tomochika Uyama, Deputy Director-General of the Latin American and Caribbean Affairs Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
From left:Mr. Seishiro Eto, Member of the House of Representatives、Vice-Minister Hincapie
From left:Mr. Seishiro Eto, Member of the House of Representatives、Vice-Minister Hincapie
Participants in the meeting with Mr. Seishiro Eto
Participants in the meeting with Mr. Seishiro Eto

Signing Ceremony of the Agreement of Academic Exchange between Panama University and Panama Technological University with Chiba University.

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

On January 8th, 2016, H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panama in Japan, attended the signing ceremony of the Agreement of Academic Exchange between Panama University (UP) and Panama Technological University (UTP) with Chiba University. The purpose of these agreements is to train Panamanian students and researchers in the innovative agricultural production, called Plant Factory or Vertical Farming, using controlled-environment agriculture technology.

This signing ceremony was held in Chiba University with the presence of Dr. Takeshi Tokuhisa, President of Chiba University, Dr. Makoto Watanabe, Vice-President for Education and International Affairs, Dr. Michiko Takagaki, Vice-President for Public Relations, Dr. Toshitaka Yamaguchi, Director of Japan Plant Factory Associacion, Prof. Toru Maruo, Professor of the Faculty of Horticulture, and Mr. Ryo Tabohashi, Director of the International Affairs Division, and from the Panamanian side, Ambassador Diaz, Dr. David De Leon, Economic Counsellor of the Embassy of Panama in Japan, Dr. Rodrigo Ernesto Cambra, Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural Science of Panama University and Dr. Humberto Rodríguez, Director of Research of Panama Technological University.

These agreements emerged in the context of the 1st International Congress on Controlled Environment Agriculture, held in Panama City on May, 2015, with the support of the Embassy of Panama in Japan, Chiba University, Panama University, Panama Technological University, National Secretary of Science, Technology and Innovation of Panama, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Panama and Urban Farms, which counted on the participation of scientists, researchers, businessmen, students and producers in farm industry.

These exchange programs consist of two types of training on controlled-environment agriculture, one training with a term of 70 days and another with a term of 10 days. In the training of 70 days, two Panamanian students will participate (one from UP and one from UTP), meanwhile, four students will participate (two from UP and two from UTP) in the 10 day training, both in Chiba University, with the purpose of leaning about Plant Factory. The eight Panamanian students and professors from both universities arrived at Japan on January 6th to start the training in this field. This is the first academic exchange agreement between a Panamanian university with a Japanese university.

Furthermore, this agreement includes the dispatch of 5 Japanese students of Chiba University to Panama, in order to participate in field studies of Plant Factory as well as hydroponic and traditional agriculture.

The controlled-environment agriculture consists on various techniques of agricultural production, that includes Plant Factory, which is an emergent system to cultivate vegetables and fruits inside of specially designed buildings with controlled environment. The plants are cultivated in vertically arranged platforms, fed with nutrient by hydroponic method and illuminated with artificial light in order to facilitate the plant photosynthesis. These production systems protect the vegetables and fruits from the inclemency of the weather, as well as from bacterias, insects and other kinds of pests that affect the products in traditional agriculture.

It’s important to point out that Chiba University is one of the pioneers universities in the research and development on the field of Plant Factory.

Ambassador Diaz, expressing his gratitude for the collaboration of Chiba University
Ambassador Diaz, expressing his gratitude for the collaboration of Chiba University
Second from right:Dr. Takeshi Tokuhisa, President of Chiba Universitym, signing in the agreements
Second from right:Dr. Takeshi Tokuhisa, President of Chiba Universitym, signing the agreements
From left: Dr. Rodrigo Ernesto Cambra, Ambassador Diaz, Dr. Tokuhisa, Dr. Humberto Rodríguez
From left: Dr. Rodrigo Ernesto Cambra, Ambassador Diaz, Dr. Tokuhisa, Dr. Humberto Rodríguez
The participants in the signing ceremony
The participants in the signing ceremony

Ambassador participated in a luncheon by the invitation of H.E. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

On December 15, 2015, H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panama in Japan, participated in a luncheon by the invitation of H.E. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, which was held at the Official Residence with the purpose of exchanging opinions among Ambassadors accredited in Japan, who can speak Japanese or have some ties with the Japanese culture.

During the luncheon, each of the 24 participating Ambassadors delivered a brief presentation about their academic background and links with Japanese culture, explaining how Japanese language is taught and which aspects of Japanese culture are known in each of their countries.

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.

After his presentation, Ambassador Diaz expressed the Prime Minister Panama’s strong interests to conclude successfully the international agreement with Japan for the financing and construction of the Line 3 of the Metro.

The Prime Minister expressed his gratitude to the Ambassadors for their presentations, indicating that his administration is promoting Japanese culture as a form of soft power, aiming to achieve a further understanding between Japan and all the countries in the world.

The luncheon had the participation of the Ambassadors from Sri Lanka, Macedonia, Serbia, Georgia, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Mongolia, Armenia, Tonga, Indonesia, Turkey, South Korea, Australia, China, Paraguay, Micronesia, Venezuela, San Marino, Kazakhstan, Morocco, Maldives, El Salvador, Azerbaijan, and Panama.

Left in second row, H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panama in Japan, with H.E. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan and Japanese-Speaking Ambassadors to Japan

Left in second row, H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panama in Japan, with H.E. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan and Japanese-Speaking Ambassadors to Japan

From the left, H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panama in Japan and H.E. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan

From the left, H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panama in Japan and H.E. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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