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Courtesy Visit to Class NK

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

On June 12th, 2015, His Excellency Ritter N. Díaz paid a courtesy visit to Mr. Noboru Ueda, President of Class NK, an important ship classification society in Japan.

During the meeting, Mr. Ueda congratulated Mr. Diaz for assuming the full position of Ambassador of Panama in Japan. Mr. Diaz expressed his gratitude to Mr. Ueda for receiving him despite his tight agenda, informing that the Government of Panama is making a great effort toward improving technical services through the establishment of the Segumar Office in Tokyo since 2010 and in Imabari city since this May this year.

Also, Ambassador Diaz mentioned that the Segumar Office in Tokyo has maintained a close communication and cooperation with various departments of Class NK, and that the Administrator of the Panama Maritime Authority, Mr. Jorge Barakat, and the Consulate-General of Panama in Tokyo are willing to raise the level of this communication with the top management of Class NK in view of the important partnership that exists between this classification society and the Panama Registry.

In addition, Ambassador Diaz pointed out that the number one priority of the Panama Registry is the safety of each vessel and its crew.

From, M. Noboru Ueda, President of Class NK and H.E. Ritter Díaz, Ambassador of Panama in Japan

From, M. Noboru Ueda, President of Class NK and H.E. Ritter Díaz, Ambassador of Panama in Japan

 

 

Courtesy Visit to the Parliamentary Members of the Maritime Promotion Association (Ms. Komiyama, Mr. Akaike, Mr. Muroi)

Monday, June 29th, 2015

On June 11th, 2015, His Excellency Ritter N. Diaz paid courtesy visit to several members of parliament, who belong to the Maritime Promotion Association of Japan, with the purpose of strengthening institutional relations between the Embassy and the Japanese parliament.

On this regard, Ambassador Diaz held a meeting with Mrs. Yasuko Komiyama, Member of the House of Representatives, expressing his gratitude for her participation in the seminar organized by the Maritime Promotion Association on April 27th, where Ambassador Diaz carried out a presentation about the maritime policy of Panama in the headquarters of the Japanese Shipowners’ Association (JSA). Ambassador Diaz reiterated Mrs. Komiyama his commitmente to continue strengthening the maritime relations between Panama and Japan.

Later in the day, Ambassador Diaz visited Mr. Masaki Akaike, Member of the House of Representatives, who also serves as Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Education. Ambassador Diaz conveyed his gratitude for the participation of Vice-Minister Akaike in the maritime seminar in reference as well as for the scholarship of the Ministry of Education of Japan, which he received 18 years ago to obtain his master’s degree at Tsukuba University. Ambassador Diaz informed Vice-Minister Akaike about the Embassy’s education program aimed at creating awareness among young Japanese people about the Panamanian culture.

Finally, Ambassador Diaz held a meeting with Mr. Kunihiko Muroi, Member of the House of Councillors, to conveyed his gratitude for his participation in the maritime seminar. This meeting counted on the presence of Mr. Hidetaka Inoue, Member of the House of Representatives, who visited Panama in July 2014, in order to inspect the progress of the Panama Canal Expansion. Ambassador Diaz informed that Panama and Japan are currently negotiating to finance and build the Metro Line 3 through Japanese international cooperation.

From left, Mrs. Yasuko Komiyama, Member of the House of Representatives and Ambassador Díaz.

From left, Mrs. Yasuko Komiyama, Member of the House of Representatives and Ambassador Díaz.

From Left, Mr. Masaki Akaike, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Education and Ambassador Díaz

From Left, Mr. Masaki Akaike, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Education and Ambassador Díaz

From left, Mr. Hidetaka Inoue, Member of the House of Representatives, Ambassador Díaz and Mr. Kunihiko Muroi, Member of the House of Councillors.

From left, Mr. Hidetaka Inoue, Member of the House of Representatives, Ambassador Díaz and Mr. Kunihiko Muroi, Member of the House of Councillors.

 

 

Embassy participated in the 4th OECD-AMRO-ADB Asian Regional Roundtable on Macroeconomic and Structural Policy Challenges

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

On May 14th and 15th, 2015, H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panama in Japan, on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Panama, participated in the 4th Asian Regional Roundtable on Macroeconomic and Structural Policy Challenges organized by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the ASEAN +3 Macroeconomic Research Office (AMRO) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

The annual Round Table began in 2012, in order to share knowledge and exchange views on the economic development in Asia, with the participation of important specialists from OECD, AMRO and ADB, as well as prominent representatives of the private and academic sectors from the Asia region.

On the first day, three Round Tables were held with a variety of themes such as “Macroeconomic Trends and Near-Term Policy Challenges in Emerging Asia”, “Challenges and Opportunity in Future ASEAN Integration” and “Financing for Development in Asia”.

During the second day, a breakfast meeting took place to discuss about “Disaster Risk Reduction and Financing Strategy – Through the Case of the Philippines”. After the breakfast, there was a conference about “Green Growth in Asia”, held with the purpose of reporting energy policies of Japan and its measures to address climate change.

It is important to point out that the conference contributed to update the information about the economic trends in the Asian region and make a recommendation on policies for strengthening the process of integration of the Association of South‐East Asian Nations (ASEAN), as well as the financial integration of the emerging economies of Asia.

At the center, H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, participating in the 4th Asian Regional Roundtable on Macroeconomic and Structural Policy Challenges.

At the center, H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, participating in the 4th Asian Regional Roundtable on Macroeconomic and Structural Policy Challenges.

 

The participants in the conference.

The participants in the conference.

 

 

Courtesy Visit by The Japanese Shipowners’ Association (JSA)

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

On April 30, 2015, Mr. Jiro Asakura, President of The Japanese Shipowners’ Association (JSA) and President of Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd. (K-Line), paid a courtesy visit to H.E. Ritter N. Diaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan on the occasion of his presentation of Letters of Credence to the Emperor of Japan.

During the meeting, Mr. Asakura congratulated Mr. Diaz for assuming the full position of Ambassador of Panama to Japan and handed a gift, expressing his gratitude for the support of the Embassy of Panama to the Japanese maritime community.

From left, H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan and Mr. Jiro Asakura, President of The Japanese Shipowners’ Association (JSA) and President of Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd. (K-Line).

From left, H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan and Mr. Jiro Asakura, President of The Japanese Shipowners’ Association (JSA) and President of Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd. (K-Line).

 

 

Cocktail on the Occasion of the Presentation of the Letters of Credence of Ambassador Diaz

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

On April 28th, 2015, the Embassy of Panama in Japan organized a cocktail party on the occasion of the presentation of the Letters of Credence of Ambassador Ritter N. Díaz to His Majesty the Emperor Akihito, accrediting him as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Panama to Japan.

More than 80 guests participated in the cocktail, including members of the Diplomatic Corps, authorities of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, members of the Japanese Parliament and top representatives of important public organizations and companies.

Ambassador Díaz took this opportunity to express his gratitude to all participants for their support to the work of the Embassy of Panama to Japan, reaffirming his commitment to further strengthen the bilateral relationship between Panama and Japan.

H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, during his welcome speech at the cocktail on the occasion of the presentation of the Letters of Credence to the Emperor of Japan.

H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, during his welcome speech at the cocktail on the occasion of the presentation of the Letters of Credence to the Emperor of Japan.

Mr. Seishiro Eto, member of the House of Representatives of Japan and President of the Panama-Japan Inter-Parliamentary League, during the congratulatory speech to Ambassador Díaz.

Mr. Seishiro Eto, member of the House of Representatives of Japan and President of the Panama-Japan Inter-Parliamentary League, during the congratulatory speech to Ambassador Díaz.

H.E. Yasuyuki Fujishima, former Ambassador of Japan to Panama and Executive Secretary of The Business Cooperation Committee Panama-Japan, proposing a toast.

H.E. Yasuyuki Fujishima, former Ambassador of Japan to Panama and Executive Secretary of The Business Cooperation Committee Panama-Japan, proposing a toast.

Participants in the cocktail.

Participants in the cocktail.

Ambassador of Panama Delivered a Presentation to Members of the Maritime Promotion Association of Japan

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

On April 27th, 2015, His Excellency Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan delivered a general presentation of Panama, including an explanation about the Panamanian maritime policy to the members of Maritime Promotion Association of Japan, which was held at the premises of The Japanese Shipowners’ Association (JSA).

During the presentation, the Ambassador Díaz informed of the opening of the SEGUMAR office in Imabari City, which will offer technical services to the Japanese maritime community located in that important region of Japan.

Also, Ambassador Díaz mentioned that on last April 8th, the Administrator of the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP), Mr. Jorge Barakat submitted Panama’s application to the Tokyo MOU in order to become a member of this prestigious organization, which monitors inspections and detentions of vessels in the Asia-Pacific region.

It is important to point out that about 100 people attended the conference, including several members of the Japanese Diet related to the maritime sector, high level officials of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, representatives of the Ministry of Defence of Japan, executives of the Japanese Shipowners’ Association (JSA), and important companies and organizations of the Japanese maritime industry.

The conference greatly contributed to the promotion of the Panamanian shipping registry, which is in the process of modernizing its technological platform in order to provide high quality and expedite services to its customers.

 

Mr. Seishiro Eto, Member of the House of Representatives and President of the Maritime Promotion Association of Japan and President of the Inter-Parliamentary League Panama-Japan, during his welcome speech to the participants of the seminar.

Mr. Seishiro Eto, Member of the House of Representatives and President of the Maritime Promotion Association of Japan and President of the Inter-Parliamentary League Panama-Japan, during his welcome speech to the participants of the seminar.

 

Mr. Yasuo Uemura, Secretary General of the Maritime Promotion Association of Japan, during his opening speech.

Mr. Yasuo Uemura, Secretary General of the Maritime Promotion Association of Japan, during his opening speech.

 

H.E. Ritter Díaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, during the presentation of Panama.

H.E. Ritter Díaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, during the presentation of Panama.

 

Ambassador Diaz explaining the logistics connectivity of Panama.

Ambassador Diaz explaining the logistics connectivity of Panama.

 

Participants during the presentation.

Participants during the presentation.

 

 

 

 

 

Courtesy Visit to Mitsubishi Corporation

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

On April 24th, 2015, His Excellency Ritter N. Díaz, on the occasion of the appointment as Ambassador of Panama in Japan, paid a courtesy visit to Mr. Yorihiko Kojima, Chairman of the Board of Mitsubishi Corporation, in order to strengthen the ties between Panama and this important Japanese company.

During the meeting, the Ambassador Díaz extended an invitation to Mitsubishi Corporation to participate in the different projects of infrastructure in Panama.

 

From left, Mr. Yorihiko Kojima, Chairman of the Board of Mitsubishi Corporation and H.E. Ritter Díaz, Ambassador of Panama in Japan.

From left, Mr. Yorihiko Kojima, Chairman of the Board of Mitsubishi Corporation and H.E. Ritter Díaz, Ambassador of Panama in Japan.

 

 

The Administrator of Panama Maritime Authority Visits Japanese Authorities on the Sidelines of the Meetings of the Advisory Board of the Panama Canal in Tokyo.

Monday, April 27th, 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 Administrator of the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP), Mr. Jorge Barakat.

On the sidelines of the Advisory Board Meeting, Administrator Barakat visited important companies and organizations of the Japanese maritime sector, such as Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (K-Line), Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK), Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) and The Japanese Shipowners’ Association (JSA), in order to express gratitude for their preference for the Panamanian shipping registry, as well as to inform about the new policy of the AMP under the government of President Juan Carlos Varela.

During the meetings, Administrator Barakat informed about the opening of new SEGUMAR offices in the world, including in Imabari, Japan, with the purpose of maintaining the high quality of the technical service to the shipping industry.

Administrator Barakat was also interviewed by the maritime newspaper Kaiji Press Co., Ltd., taking the opportunity to explain about the new projection of the Panama shipping registry, including the transparency and improvement of the technological platform of services rendered to the customers.

During the meeting with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan (MLIT), Administrator Barakat reiterated the commitment of Panama to strengthen the maritime cooperation between Panama and Japan, as well as to improve the standard of the world’s maritime operation.

The official visit concluded with a meeting at the Tokyo MOU, during which Administrator Barakat submitted Panama’s application to become a member of this important organization, which monitors the inspections and detentions of vessels in the Asia-Pacific region. At the present time, Panama is registered in the White List of Tokyo MOU due to the excellent level of the Panamanian shipping regulations. The Secretary of Tokyo MOU, Mr. Mitsutoyo Okada, welcomed the application, pointing out that Panama provides a high standard of maritime safety.

During this visit, Mr. Jorge Barakat was accompanied by H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, Mr. Samuel Guevara, Chief of SEGUMAR Office in Tokyo, as well as technical officers of the Consulate General of Panama in Tokyo.

During the meeting with Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (K-Line).

During the meeting with Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (K-Line).

NYK

During the meeting with Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During the meeting with Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL).

During the meeting with Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL).

JSA

During the meeting with The Japanese Shipowners' Association (JSA). At the center, Mr. Jorge Barakat, Administrator of the AMP, to his right, Mr. Osamu Suzuki, Vice-president of JSA, and H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan.

From left, the Director General of Maritime Division of MLIT, Mr. Toshiya Morishige and the Administrator of the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP), Mr. Jorge Barakat.

From left, the Director General of Maritime Division of MLIT, Mr. Toshiya Morishige and the Administrator of the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP), Mr. Jorge Barakat.

MOL

During the meeting with Tokyo MOU, Mr. Jorge Barakat, Administrator of the AMP submitting Panama’s application to the Secretary of Tokyo MOU, Mr. Mitsutoyo Okada, with the purpose of becoming a member of the organization.

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.