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Authorities of the Panama Canal Pay Visits to Japanese Authorities on the Sidelines of the Meeting of the Advisory Board of the Panama Canal in Tokyo

Sunday, April 12th, 2015

From April 6th to 8th, 2015, the Meeting of the Advisory Board of the Panama Canal was held for the first time in Tokyo, which counted on the participation of the Minister for Canal Affairs and Chairman of the Board of Directors, H.E. Roberto Roy, the Administrator of the Panama Canal Authority (ACP), Mr. Jorge Quijano, the Administrator of the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP), Mr. Jorge Barakat, the President of the Commission for Public Infrastructure and Canal Affairs of the National Assembly, Mr. José Antonio Dominguez and the Members of the Board of Directors of the Panama Canal and Advisory Board in order to deal with the themes related to the Canal to improve the service of the waterway.

On the sidelines of the Advisory Board Meeting, the Minister for Canal Affairs and President and CEO of Metro de Panama S.A., H.E. Roberto Roy, paid courtesy visits to the Vice President of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Mr. Hideaki Domichi, and the Member of the House of Representatives and President of the Interparliamentary League Panama-Japan, Mr. Seishiro Eto, with the purpose of addressing the issue of the Line 3 of Metro in Panama City, as well as strengthening the political relationship between Panama and Japan respectively.

On the other hand, the Administrator of the Panama Canal Authority, Mr. Jorge Luis Quijano held meetings with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan (MLIT) and The Japanese Shipowners’ Association (JSA), in order to discuss the Panama Canal toll issue and inform about the progress of the Canal expansion.

 

During the meeting with the Vice President of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Mr. Hideaki Domichi.

During the meeting with the Vice President of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Mr. Hideaki Domichi.

 

From left, the Vice President of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Mr. Hideaki Domichi, and the Minister for Canal Affairs and President and CEO of Metro de Panama S.A., H.E. Roberto Roy.

From left, the Vice President of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Mr. Hideaki Domichi, and the Minister for Canal Affairs and President and CEO of Metro de Panama S.A., H.E. Roberto Roy.

 

From left, the Minister for Canal Affairs and President and CEO of Metro de Panama S.A., H.E. Roberto Roy, and the Member of the House of Representatives and President of the Interparliamentary League Panama-Japan, Mr. Seishiro Eto.

From left, the Minister for Canal Affairs and President and CEO of Metro de Panama S.A., H.E. Roberto Roy, and the Member of the House of Representatives and President of the Interparliamentary League Panama-Japan, Mr. Seishiro Eto.

 

During the meeting between the Panama Canal Authority and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan (MLIT).

During the meeting between the Panama Canal Authority and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan (MLIT).

 

From left, the Administrator of the Panama Canal Authority, Mr. Jorge Luis Quijano, and the Director General of Maritime Division of MLIT, Mr. Toshiya Morishige.

From left, the Administrator of the Panama Canal Authority, Mr. Jorge Luis Quijano, and the Director General of Maritime Division of MLIT, Mr. Toshiya Morishige.

 

During the meeting between the delegation of the Panama Canal Authority and The Japanese Shipowners' Association (JSA).

During the meeting between the delegation of the Panama Canal Authority and The Japanese Shipowners' Association (JSA).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Official Visit of the Minister of Economy and Finance of Panama

Sunday, April 12th, 2015

From March 29th to 31st, 2015, the delegation led by the Minister of Economy and Finance of the Republic of Panama H.E. Dulcidio De La Guardia, the Vice Minister of Economy H.E. Ivan A. Arias Zarak, and the Director in charge of the Public Credit Directorate, Ministry of Economy and Finance, Ms. Sandra Siu, visited Tokyo, in order to hold meetings with Japanese authorities to address the issue of the financing of the Line 3 of Metro in Panama City.

The delegation met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan, H.E. Fumio Kishida, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan, H.E. Yoshihiko Seki and Vice-Minister of Finance of Japan, H.E. Isshu Sugawara, as well as the President of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Mr. Akihiko Tanaka, and Mr. Seishiro Eto, Member of the House of Representatives and President of the Interparliamentary League Panama-Japan.

With regard to the “Panama City Urban Transportation Line-3 Project,” both sides confirmed that the two Governments are positively considering the possibility of utilizing a Japanese ODA Loan for the Line-3 Project with a monorail system. Both sides shared the view to accelerate the consideration in detail, including on concrete financial structure of the Project, by the two Governments in order to reach a final conclusion as early as possible. Minister De La Guardia expressed Panama’s strong interest in utilizing Japanese technology for the Line-3 Project, and Minister Kishida welcomed it.


With regard to the 4th bridge to be built over the Panama Canal for the Line-3 Project, Minister De La Guardia expressed his appreciation for JICA’s feasibility study and other cooperation provided by the Government of Japan upon the request of the Government of Panama in May 2013, and conveyed Panama’s decision to organize an international public tender under Panamanian Law for the construction of the said bridge, and to seek funding from sources other than Japanese ODA Loan in compliance with fiscal discipline required by its Social and Fiscal Responsibility Law. Minister Kishida responded that the Government of Japan respects the decision made by the Government of Panama.

 

During the bilateral meeting between the Minister of Economy and Finance of Panama, H.E. Dulcidio De La Guardia and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan, H.E. Fumio Kishida.

During the bilateral meeting between the Minister of Economy and Finance of Panama, H.E. Dulcidio De La Guardia and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan, H.E. Fumio Kishida.

 

From left, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan, H.E. Fumio Kishida and the Minister of Economy and Finance, H.E. Dulcidio De La Guardia.

From left, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan, H.E. Fumio Kishida and the Minister of Economy and Finance, H.E. Dulcidio De La Guardia.

 

During the meeting with the Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan, H.E. Yoshihiko Seki.

During the meeting with the Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan, H.E. Yoshihiko Seki.

 

From left, Mr. Seishiro Eto, Member of the House of Representatives and President of the Interparliamentary League Panama-Japan and H.E. Dulcidio De La Guardia, Minister of Economy and Finance of Panama.

From left, Mr. Seishiro Eto, Member of the House of Representatives and President of the Interparliamentary League Panama-Japan and H.E. Dulcidio De La Guardia, Minister of Economy and Finance of Panama.

 

During the meeting with Mr. Akihiko Tanaka, President of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

During the meeting with Mr. Akihiko Tanaka, President of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

 

From left, Mr. Akihiko Tanaka, President of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and H.E. Dulcidio De La Guardia, Minister of Economy and Finance of Panama.

From left, Mr. Akihiko Tanaka, President of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and H.E. Dulcidio De La Guardia, Minister of Economy and Finance of Panama.

 

During the meeting with the Vice-Minister of Finance of Japan, H.E. Isshu Sugawara.

During the meeting with the Vice-Minister of Finance of Japan, H.E. Isshu Sugawara

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From left, the Vice-Minister of Finance of Japan, H.E. Isshu Sugawara and the Minister of Economy and Finance of Panama, H.E. Dulcidio De La Guardia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Courtesy Visit to a Diet Member Mr. Takuya Hirai, Secretary General of the Panama-Japan Inter-Parliamentary League

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

On March 26th, 2015, on the occasion of his appointment as Ambassador of Panama to Japan, His Excellency Ritter N. Díaz paid courtesy visit to Mr. Takuya Hirai, member of the House of Representatives of Japan and Secretary General of the Panama-Japan Inter-Parliamentary League.

During the meeting, the Ambassador Díaz expressed his gratitude to Mr. Hirai for his support to promote the political relations between Panama and Japan.

From left, H.E. Ritter Díaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan and Mr. Takuya Hirai, Secretary General of the Panama-Japan Inter-Parliamentary League.

From left, H.E. Ritter Díaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan and Mr. Takuya Hirai, Secretary General of the Panama-Japan Inter-Parliamentary League.

 

 

 

Courtesy Visit to Kaiji Press

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

On March 26th, 2015, on the occasion of his appointment as Ambassador of Panama to Japan, His Excellency Ritter N. Díaz paid a courtesy visit to the maritime newspaper Kaiji Press Co., Ltd., during which the Ambassador exchanged views with the President Mr. Shiro Saisho on the Panamanian shipping registry and other maritime issues.

From left, H.E. Ritter Díaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan and Mr. Shiro Saisho, President of Kaiji Press Co., Ltd.

From left, H.E. Ritter Díaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan and Mr. Shiro Saisho, President of Kaiji Press Co., Ltd.

 

During visit to Kaiji Press Co., Ltd.

During visit to Kaiji Press Co., Ltd.

 

 

Courtesy Visit to a Diet Member Mr. Seishiro Eto, President of the Panama-Japan Inter-Parliamentary League

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

On March 23rd, 2015, on the occasion of his appointment as Ambassador of Panama to Japan, His Excellency Ritter N. Diaz, paid a courtesy visit to Mr. Seishiro Eto, member of the House of Representatives of Japan and President of the Panama-Japan Inter-Parliamentary League.

During the meeting, Ambassador Diaz extended his gratitude to Mr. Eto for the closer cooperation and support of the Panama-Japan Inter-Parliamentary League to the bilateral relation, conveying his commitment to further strengthen political ties between Panama and Japan.

From left, H.E. Ritter Díaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan and Mr. Seishiro Eto, President of the Panama-Japan Inter-Parliamentary League.

From left, H.E. Ritter Díaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan and Mr. Seishiro Eto, President of the Panama-Japan Inter-Parliamentary League.

 

Courtesy Lunch with the Panama-Japan Friendship Association

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

On March 23rd, 2015, on the occasion of the appointment as Ambassador of Panama to Japan, His Excellency Ritter N. Díaz participated in a working lunch offered by the Panama-Japan Friendship Association, which took place in International House of Japan, Tokyo.

The Panama-Japan Friendship Association actively support the Embassy organizing cultural activities and publishing the magazine Panama, which serves to disseminate different aspects of the Panamanian culture.

Mr. Makoto Misawa, President of the Panama-Japan Friendship Association and ex Ambassador of Japan to Panama, during his congratulatory speech to the Ambassador Díaz.

Mr. Makoto Misawa, President of the Panama-Japan Friendship Association and ex Ambassador of Japan to Panama, during his congratulatory speech to the Ambassador Díaz.

 

 

 

 

 

 

H.E. Ritter Díaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, during the speech expressing his gratitude for the contribution of the Panama-Japan Friendship Association toward strengthening the cultural ties between Panama and Japan.

H.E. Ritter Díaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, during the speech expressing his gratitude for the contribution of the Panama-Japan Friendship Association toward strengthening the cultural ties between Panama and Japan.

 

Mr. Toru Hikasa, Vice-president of the Panama-Japan Friendship Association extending his congratulations on the designation of the Ambassador Díaz.

Mr. Toru Hikasa, Vice-president of the Panama-Japan Friendship Association extending his congratulations on the designation of the Ambassador Díaz.

 

H.E. Ritter Díaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan together with the members of the Panama-Japan Friendship Association.

H.E. Ritter Díaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan together with the members of the Panama-Japan Friendship Association.

 

Embassy Participated in the “Green Earth Festival 2015”

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

On March 21st, 2015, the Ambassador of Panama to Japan, H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, participated in the “Green Earth Festival 2015” hosted by the organizing committee composed of the Forestry Agency of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan, the National Land Afforestation Promotion Organization and other organizations related to forest conservation on the occasion of the International Day of Forests 2015.

The event took place at “Umi no Mori (Forest of the Sea)”, located in the Tokyo Bay area, where the Tokyo Metropolitan Government is planting 480 thousand trees on 88-hectare land built with the garbage produced by the City of Tokyo, in order to alleviate global warming and protect the environment.

More than 500 people, including students, citizens, diplomats and officials of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan planted various trees, which will grow over the landfill in 20 years creating a new forest in Tokyo Bay.

During the event, Ambassador Díaz gave a speech congratulating and thanking all the trees of the Earth for providing the oxygen, which is essential to live in this planet, as well as pointing out that Japan is a great example of environmental protection, applying recycling technology to build a forest on a landfill.

H.E. Ritter Díaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, during the Commemorative Planting of Trees 2015.

H.E. Ritter Díaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, during the Commemorative Planting of Trees 2015.

From left, H.E. Ritter Díaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan and Ms. Green Japan 2015 during the Commemorative Planting of Trees 2015.

From left, H.E. Ritter Díaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan and Ms. Green Japan 2015 during the Commemorative Planting of Trees 2015.

The participants in the Commemorative Planting of Trees 2015.

The participants in the Commemorative Planting of Trees 2015.

From right, H.E. Ritter Díaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan and Mr. Shuji Oki, Deputy Director General of the Forestry Agency of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan.

From right, H.E. Ritter Díaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan and Mr. Shuji Oki, Deputy Director General of the Forestry Agency of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan.

 

At the center, from left, Mr. Takeshi Sasaki, President of the National Land Planting Promotion Organization and H.E. Ritter Díaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan.

At the center, from left, Mr. Takeshi Sasaki, President of the National Land Planting Promotion Organization and H.E. Ritter Díaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

H.E. Ritter Díaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, giving a speech during the “Green Earth Festival 2015”.

H.E. Ritter Díaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, giving a speech during the “Green Earth Festival 2015

Courtesy Visit by Bugaba Mayor

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

On March 20th, 2015, after the participation in the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction of the United Nations in Sendai, Japan, Mr. Carlos M. Araúz L., Mayor of Bugaba, Province of Chiriquí, paid a courtesy visit to H.E. Ritter Díaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, in order to exchange opinions about the possibility of obtaining cooperation in Japan for the community projects of Bugaba City.

From left, Mr. Carlos M. Araúz L., Bugaba Mayor and H.E. Ritter Díaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan.

From left, Mr. Carlos M. Araúz L., Bugaba Mayor and H.E. Ritter Díaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan.

 

 

 

Panama Participates in the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Japan

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

On March 13th, 2015, the Preparatory Session of the Americas of the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction was held in Sendai City, Japan, where the Republic of Panama participated with a delegation headed by H.E. Milton Henríquez, Minister of Government, Mr. José A. Donderis M., Director General of the National System of Civil Protection, Mr Jaime Villar, Director General of the Fire Department, H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan and technical personnel of the National Civil Protection System of Panama.

In addition to the Preparatory Session of the America region, the delegation of Panama participated in the session “Central America Facing Global Challenges of Disaster Risk Management”, organized by the Coordination Center for Natural Disaster Prevention of the Central American Integration System (SICA in Spanish), where SICA region presented its perspective on prevention and reduction of natural disasters.

The Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction of the United Nations, which ends on March 18th, consists of five Ministerial Roundtables with a variety of themes such as “Administration of the Disaster Risk”, “International Cooperation for the Reduction of the Disaster Risk”, “Reconstruction after the Disaster” and “Public Investment Strategy for the Reduction of the Disaster Risk”.

In addition, the conference includes three High-Level Multi-Stakeholder Partnership Dialogues, which focus on the following topics: “Risk-Sensitive Investment”, “Mobilizing Women’s Leadership in the Reduction of the Disaster Risk” and “Inclusive Disaster Risk Management; Governments Communities & Groups Acting Together”.

It is important to point out that the conference takes place in one of the areas that were severely affected by the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in March 2011, taking the lives of more than 18,000 people.

The Preparatory Session of the Americas of the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai City, Japan.

The Preparatory Session of the Americas of the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai City, Japan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

H.E. Milton Henríquez, Minister of Government, and H.E. Ritter N. Diaz, Ambassador of Panama listening to the presentations at Preparatory Session of the Americas of the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai.

H.E. Milton Henríquez, Minister of Government, and H.E. Ritter N. Diaz, Ambassador of Panama listening to the presentations at Preparatory Session of the Americas of the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai.

The delegation of Panama participating in the Preparatory Session of the Americas of the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.

The delegation of Panama participating in the Preparatory Session of the Americas of the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.

The representatives of SICA countries participating in the session “Central America Facing Global Challenges of Disaster Risk Management”. Second from left, Mr. José A. Donderis M., Director General of the National Civil Protection System of Panama.

The representatives of SICA countries participating in the session “Central America Facing Global Challenges of Disaster Risk Management”. Second from left, Mr. José A. Donderis M., Director General of the National Civil Protection System of Panama.

Delivery of the Congratulatory Message on the Occasion of the Japan-SICA Friendship Year 2015

Sunday, March 15th, 2015

On March 11th, 2015, His Excellency Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, participated in a meeting with the Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, H.E. Yasuhide Nakayama, together with the Heads of Mission of the countries of Central American Integration System (SICA in Spanish).

During the meeting, Ambassador Díaz handed over to the Vice Minister Nakayama the Congratulatory Message of the President of the Republic, H.E. Juan Carlos Varela R., addressed to the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, on the occasion of the Japan-SICA Friendship Year 2015.

From left, H.E. Ritter Díaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, and H.E. Yasuhide Nakayama, Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan.

From left, H.E. Ritter Díaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, and H.E. Yasuhide Nakayama, Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan.

The Heads of Mission of the countries of SICA, together with the Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, H.E. Yasuhide Nakayama.

The Heads of Mission of the countries of SICA, together with the Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, H.E. Yasuhide Nakayama.