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Panama To Open First Agro-Commercial Officie In Rotterdam, Seeks To Strengthen The “Panama Exporta” Country Brand

Monday, August 6th, 2018

Panama has taken a step reach more than 550 million people in the European continent, with the signing of an interinstitutional agreement that formalizes the opening, for the first time in the history, of an agro-commercial office outside Panamanian borders, located in the Port of Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

The Port of Rotterdam receives more than 60% of Panamanian products that go to Europe, so the creation of this office opens the way to strengthening relations with other nations and ultimately having a greater presence of our products in the old continent.

The office, which will open in the first days of August, will be responsible for holding meetings with the various parties involved in the commercial activities of Panamanian companies or producers in Europe, following up on Panamanian products that are entering through the Port of Rotterdam, and creating a directory of the current clients and buyers of Panamanian companies.

Later, during an execution stage, contacts between Panamanian companies and European clients must be coordinated, a list of important fairs and events relevant to our agro-commercial office will be designed, and the “Panamá Exporta” country brand will be promoted in different markets and locations. This should also function as a complement to the work being done by the Ministry of Commerce and Industries (MICI) and the Ministry of Agricultural Development (MIDA), regarding the monitoring and commercial accompaniment provided to producers, so that from Europe, it may keep the whole country informed of European market trends, prices, and the behavior of our competitors.

The Minister of Agricultural Development Eduardo Enrique Carles was optimistic about the opening of this new office because it represents great challenges and opportunities for the agro-export sector. “Today, we fulfill another great challenge, an achievement that reinforces our commitment to continue supporting the agricultural sector and the economic growth of the country. In a joint effort between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Agricultural Development, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and the Maritime Authority of Panama, we sign this inter-institutional agreement, which officially marks the opening of the Agro-Commercial Office in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.” –he expressed- “Our land, our people have so much to offer. We produce the best. Since we arrived at the Ministry of Agricultural Development we have led a tireless effort to stabilize the sector and to initiate the integral transformation of agriculture, which had been abandoned for more than 30 years. Panama Exporta is a tangible example of this work.”

The head of the agricultural portfolio stressed that it has been a great achievement not only for this government, but for the State, because “we are directing exports to a new place. Panama has all the conditions to position itself as a leader in this component that will benefit the country’s economy. And we are not going to stop, for the next year. We will be opening the agro-commercial office in Shanghai, China, so that we can expand and strengthen our presence in the Asian continent”.

The Minister of Commerce and Industries Augusto Arosemena Moreno, for his part, shared his satisfaction with the work that is being done, because today it pays off and marks the way towards the consolidation of the Panama Exporta country brand in international markets.

“As facilitators of foreign trade, the creation of Agro-Commercial offices in other countries became one of our goals with the primary purpose of serving as a direct connection between the exporter and the buyers,”he said.

The Vice President of the Republic and Minister of Foreign Affairs Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado, congratulated the collaborators and representatives of the government of Panama in each of the countries where our State has a presence:

“I congratulate the efforts of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, MIDA and the MICI and  thank the Dutch government for its support in terms of cooperation and exchange of experiences. We will continue to explore similar possibilities in other regions to open more opportunities”she expressed, regarding the opening of the new agro-commercial office.

More than 20 companies already market their products under the country brand Panama Exporta; while another 80 companies are registered to reach the international market bearing its seal. In fact, after several years, the country brand led to an increase of 4% in exports. And for the first months of 2018, exports increased by 10%, more than 180 million dollars.

Currently, Panamanian products arrive in European market countries such as Holland, Germany, England, Italy, Switzerland and Poland. Nevertheless, an important function of the agro-commercial office is to make new contacts with countries that represent a new opportunity for our producers, without neglecting the current clients that exist in the better known European countries.

For more details, see the video (spanish only)↓

https://youtu.be/T2Dj3HD7ZkY

Panama City International Marathon 2018

Thursday, June 28th, 2018

Panama announces the Panama City International Marathon 2018, which will take place on November 25th, bringing together thousands of runners from all over the world.

The participation of elite, professional and even amateurs runners in the Panama City Marathon has contributed to the success of the event in previous years.

Total of $50,000 dollars will be distributed between winners awards of different distances, as well as a flight ticket of KLM to fly to Amsterdam to join Amsterdam marathon. There are also gold and silver medals and other prizes for the winners of each 42km and 21km distances.

The Government of the Republic of Panama supports this kind of initiative, and therefore extends an invitation to all runners and sports clubs to take part in this experience.

For more information↓.

Panama participates in the World Cup for first time

Thursday, June 7th, 2018

The Embassy of Panama has the honor to inform that Panama will participate in the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia for the first time in the country history.

In this occasion, a special song, entitled “Sube la Marea” (“the tide is rising”), was released in support of Panama’s national soccer team.
Several of Panama’s best-known artists were involved in creating “Sube la Marea” as a tribute by the artists to Panama’s national soccer team.

The song expresses Panamanians’ hope, pride, and passion for their team, which is also known as the “Red Tide,” as it makes its first-ever appearance in the World Cup.

The Embassy of Panama will contribute to “Rise the tide” from Tokyo, Japan.

Mola Exhibition : Elizabeth Hans Collection

Friday, June 1st, 2018

The Embassy of Panama in Japan would like to inform that Panamanian handicraft Mola exhibition “Elizabeth Hans Collection” will be held from September 8th to October 21st, 2018, in Tabacco&Salt Museum in Tokyo.


For more information、please access to the HP of the museum.

Panama creates list of countries that discriminate, to protect economic and commercial interests

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

The Ministries of Economy and Finance, Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Industry of the Republic of Panama issued an initial list of 20 jurisdictions in Latin America, Europe and Asia that apply discriminatory or restrictive measures to the Republic of Panama.

9 March, 2018 (Panama City, Panama) – The Panamanian Ministries of Economy and Finance, Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Industry of the Republic of Panama, issued a list of 20 jurisdictions in Latin America, Europe and Asia that apply discriminatory or restrictive measures against the country and that affect their economic and commercial interests.

The list, created by resolution and signed by the ministers of the respective portfolios– Dulcidio De La Guardia, Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado and Augusto Arosemena– is the first step in Panama’s evaluation of reciprocal actions towards countries that discriminate against it, as established by Law 48 of October 26, 2016.

According to Law 48, the corresponding diplomatic steps, propose and approve actions against States that affect the economic and commercial interests of the nation.

The countries included in the list of Panama are: Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela, Croatia, Slovenia, Estonia, France, Greece, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Cameroon, Georgia, Russia and Serbia, jurisdictions that keep Panama has included in different discriminatory lists.

The measure will be effective as of its publication in the Official Gazette. Whereas the list is to be revised at least once a year, the working group responsible for preparing it (the ‘code of conduct group’) can recommend an update at any time.

For more information↓.

Taxation: Panama was removed from EU list

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018
Eight jurisdictions have been removed from the EU’s list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes, following commitments made at a high political level to remedy EU concerns.

Barbados, Grenada, the Republic of Korea, Macao SAR, Mongolia, Panama, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates are moved to a separate category of jurisdictions subject to close monitoring.

On 23 January 2018, the Council agreed that a delisting was justified in the light of an expert assessment of the commitments made by these jurisdictions to address deficiencies identified by the EU. In each case, the commitments were backed by letters signed at a high political level.

“Our listing process is already proving its worth”, said Vladislav Goranov, minister for finance of Bulgaria, which currently holds the Council presidency. “Jurisdictions around the world have worked hard to make commitments to reform their tax policies. Our aim is to promote good tax governance globally.”

The decision leaves 9 jurisdictions on the list of non-cooperative jurisdictions out of 17 announced initially on 5 December 2017. These are American Samoa, Bahrain, Guam, Marshall Islands, Namibia, Palau, Saint Lucia, Samoa and Trinidad and Tobago. The list also carries recommendations on steps to take to be de-listed.

The EU’s list is intended to promote good governance in taxation worldwide, maximising efforts to prevent tax avoidance, tax fraud and tax evasion. It was prepared during 2017 in parallel with the OECD global forum on transparency and exchange of information for tax purposes.

Whereas the list is to be revised at least once a year, the working group responsible for preparing it (the ‘code of conduct group’) can recommend an update at any time.

Jurisdictions that remain on the list are strongly encouraged to make the changes requested of them. Their tax legislation, policies and administrative practices result or may result in a loss of revenues for the EU’s member states. Pending such changes, the EU and the member states could apply defensive measures.

Today’s decision was taken without discussion at a meeting of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council, by means of an amendment to its December conclusions.

The 8 jurisdictions are moved from annex I of the conclusions (non-cooperative jurisdictions) to annex II (cooperation with respect to commitments taken).

Sombrero Pintao, added to the list of Intangible Cultural Heritage

Friday, December 8th, 2017

UNESCO declared that the art of weaving a Panama hat called “Sombrero pintao “ has been added to the list of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Intangible Cultural Heritage is a term used for knowledge, traditions and rituals which permeate the everyday life of a community and form an intrinsic part of their identity and culture.

Unesco sets the record straight on its website: “The vegetal fibres to prepare the talcs, pints and cringes of the pintao hat are obtained by means of manual procedures using five classes of plants and mud”. Hatsmithing procedures and techniques are handed down from generation to generation and braiding contests are organized to encourage hatters to perfect their art, adds the agency.

The international organization, meeting in South Korea, valued the work of the more than 400 Panamanian artisans who perform the trade. “They grow the plants, they work the raw materials, they braid the fibers and they make with them this type of hat that is part of the clothing of all the regions of the country in the folkloric dances and the community celebrations”.

Unesco also highlights the creation of the Sombrero Pintao Museum in the district of La Pintada, in the province of Coclé, which shows the life and techniques of the artisans, as well as the celebration, on October 9 of each year, of the Civic Day and Commemoration of the Sombrero Pintao and the General Direction of National Crafts organizes, in turn, fairs and craft markets to promote the product.

Sombrero Pintao

Sombrero Pintao

Sombrero Pintao and its materials

Sombrero Pintao and its materials

The technique of Sombrero Pintao

The technique of Sombrero Pintao

Artisan of Sombrero Pintao

Artisan of Sombrero Pintao

Artisan of Sombrero Pintao

Japanese Government Decorates the Panama Canal Administrator and his Mother

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

On November 3, 2017, the Cabinet Office of Japanese Government announced the Decoration to Mr. Jorge Luis Quijano Arango, Panama Canal Administrator, and his mother, Mrs. Analia Arango de Quijano.

The Decoration of the Japanese Government, initiated in 1875, has been bestowed twice a year, in spring and fall, to the nationals and foreigners in recognition of their distinguished contribution to Japanese society.

In this occasion, the Japanese government awarded the Decoration “The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star” to Mr. Jorge Quijano, Panama Canal Administrator, in honor of his contribution to strengthen the commercial and maritime relations between Japan and Panama.

In addition, the Japanese government granted the award “The Order of the Rising Sun, Silver Rays” to Mrs. Analia Arango de Quijano, mother of the Administrator Quijano, in acknowledgement of her contribution to disseminate Japanese culture in Panama, through the Japanese floral art, Ikebana.

This year`s Autumn Decoration was bestowed to 4,252 people, including 149 foreigners. The Decoration “The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star” was conferred to 24 foreigners. On the other hand, “The Order of the Rising Sun, Silver Rays” was awarded to 5 foreigners, in which Mrs. Analia Arango de Quijano was the only female foreign recipient of this award.

World Youth Day 2019 in Panama

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

The Embassy of Panama in Japan informs that the World Youth Day 2019 will be held in Panama between January 22 to 27 in 2019.

Please access to the following video and presentation to get more information.

Networking session

Online English guide to Japanese universities

Friday, October 13th, 2017

The Japan Times Online presents your resources for locating the educational institution and and cucciculum best suited to you and your future career goals.

Access to the following web site to find:

・Directory of over 500 universities and graduate schools in Japan

・Overviewes, admissions information of leading universities

・Advanced searchers by location, faculty, programs

・Students’ voice, guide to Japan, and other useful content