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The Republic of Panama Launches a Scientific, Technological and Innovation Diplomatic Strategy

Tuesday, August 28th, 2018

The Republic of Panama has launched a Scientific, Technological and Innovation Diplomatic Strategy within Bilateral and Multilateral Diplomacy, in view of improving the link between projects conducted by different institutions and national authorities of previous mentioned sectors, together with the States and Specialized Organizations, which are leading scientific-political integration.

For more information, please check the following documents. ↓↓↓

Embassy of Panama in Japan participates in the Peace Memorial Ceremony of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Tuesday, August 7th, 2018

On August 6, H.E. Ritter Diaz, Ambassador of Panama and Vice-President of the Group of Head of Missions of the Latin American and Caribbean region, participated in the Peace Memorial Ceremony of Hiroshima to honor the memory of victims of the Atomic Bomb.

During the ceremony, Ambassador Diaz placed a flower arrangement tat the monument in honor of Atomic Bomb victims, together with Ambassadors of Kenya and Uganda, in representation of the Diplomatic Corps in Japan.

Ambassador Diaz also participated in the Peace Memorial Ceremony at Nagasaki in memory of the victims of the Atomic Bomb on August 9, which counted on the participation of H.E. Antonio Gutierrez, Secretary General of United Nations.

The UN Secretary General pointed out that survivors of the Atomic Bomb are the real messengers of peace, and urged those countries which have not yet acceded to the convention for the prohibition of nuclear weapons to join in order to achieve a world free of nuclear weapons.

Ambassador Diaz took advantage of this trip to Hiroshima to visit an evacuation shelter for residents whose houses were destroyed during the recent flooding in the southern part of Japan.

As a gesture of solidarity, the Embassy of Panama made a donation of Panamanian coffee for the people residing in the shelter.

Ambasador Diaz, together with Ambassadors of Kenya and Uganda, offering a flower arrangement in honor of the victims of the Atomic Bomb, in representation of Diplomatic Corp.

Ambasador Diaz, together with Ambassadors of Kenya and Uganda, offering a flower arrangement in honor of the victims of the Atomic Bomb, in representation of Diplomatic Corp.

Ambassador Diaz with his wife Ayana Hatada Diaz in the Peace Memorial Park of Nagasaki city, on the occasion of the Ceremony in memory of the Atomic Bomb victims.

Ambassador Diaz with his wife Ayana Hatada Diaz in the Peace Memorial Park of Nagasaki city, on the occasion of the Ceremony in memory of the Atomic Bomb victims.

Ambassador Diaz with Mr. Kazumi Matsui, Mayor of Hiroshima city at the welcome reception held by Hiroshima city. .

Ambassador Diaz with Mr. Kazumi Matsui, Mayor of Hiroshima city at the welcome reception held by Hiroshima city.

From the right, H.E. Mitsunari Okamoto, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Ambassador Diaz and Mr. Yasuo Yamaki, Chairman of Municipal Assembly of Hiroshima city.

From the right, H.E. Mitsunari Okamoto, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Ambassador Diaz and Mr. Yasuo Yamaki, Chairman of Municipal Assembly of Hiroshima city.

Ambassador Diaz with Mr. Tomihisa Taue, Mayor of Nagasaki city at the welcome reception held by Nagasaki city.

Ambassador Diaz with Mr. Tomihisa Taue, Mayor of Nagasaki city at the welcome reception held by Nagasaki city.

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

Ambassador of Panama Visits Arakawa Museum of Aqua on the Occasion of the Celebration of twentieth anniversary.

Thursday, July 19th, 2018

On July 18, 2018, H.E. Ritter Diaz, Ambassador of Panama in Japan, paid an official visit to Arakawa Museum of Aqua on the occasion of the celebration of the Twentieth Anniversary of the museum, which has a sister agreement with the Panama Canal Interoceanic Museum since the year of 2000.

Ambassador Diaz was received by Mr. Yosota Hanakawa, Mayor of Kita district (where this museum is located), Mr. Taiji Arakawa, Director of Arakawa Museum of Aqua, accompanied by children from different primary schools of Kita district.

Mayor Arakawa expressed his gratitude to Ambassador Diaz for his visit, mentioning the historical relationship between Panama and Japan through Akira Aoyama, a Japanese engineer who participated in the Panama Canal construction between the years 1904 to 1911.

Ambassador Diaz also extended his gratitude for the warm reception upon his arrival to the museum, pointing out the importance of the museum for the residents of Kita district of Tokyo as a source of information of the Panama Canal, as well as of the Arakawa River. After his greetings, Ambassador Diaz placed a flower arrangement con the top of the monument in the honor of the memory of Akira Aoyama.

Afterwards, Ambassador Diaz took a tour at the museum, observing the exhibition about Panama Canal construction and the contribution of Mr. Akira Aoyama. Mr. Aoyama worked at the construction of the Panama Canal, and upon his return to Japan applied the new technique to create a canalization system which stopped the constant floods in Tokyo, caused by the Arakawa River.

The visit concluded with a meeting between Ambassador Diaz, the Mayor of Kita District and the Director of the Museum, where Ambassador mentioned that the Arakawa Museum of Aqua is an important symbol to connect Panama and Japan culturally and historically, expressing his congratulations for the twenty years of the museum.

Ambassador of Panama visits the President of the Panama-Japan Inter-parliamentary League, Mr. Seishiro Eto.

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

On Tuesday July 17, H.E. Ritter Diaz, Ambassador of Panama in Japan, 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, at his office in the Lower House of Parliament with the purpose of exchanging opinions about the relationship between Panama and Japan.

During this visit, Ambassador Diaz informed Mr. Eto about the next Official Visit to Japan of H.E. Maria Luisa Navarro, Viceminister of Multilateral Affairs and Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Panama, who will make a presentation to the Japanese government about the cooperation plan called “Panama Coopera 2030”.

Ambassador Diaz also referred to the newly launch Falcon Policy, by which the Administration of President Varela seeks to expand our foreign policy to Asia, Middle East and Africa, informing the new opening of embassies in Palestine, Jordan, Australia and Ghana.

Additionally, Ambassador Diaz informed about the progress in the preparation of the Panama Maritime Golf Tournament, reiterating his gratitude for the support from the Panama-Japan Inter-parliamentary League, which is the co-organizer of this tournament, on the occasion of the celebration of Panama National Day.

Ambassador took the opportunity to extend an invitation to Mr. Eto to the friendly football match between the Panama Soccer Team and the Japan Soccer Team, which will take place in Niigata city on October 12.

On other hand, Mr. Eto expressed his appreciation to Panama in regard to the support given to Japan in different forums, in particular the support for Osaka as a candidate for the 2025 World Expo.

Embassy of Panama assumes the Vice-Presidency of the Group of Head of Missions of the Latin American and Caribbean region

Tuesday, July 10th, 2018

On Monday July 9, 2018, the Embassy of Panama in Japan assumed the Vice-Presidency of the Group of Head of Missions of the Latin American and Caribbean region (GRULAC) for the second half of the year 2018.

The first meeting took place at the Latin American Salon and was coordinated by H.E. Ritter Diaz, Vice-president of GRULAC and Ambassador of Panama

At the first part of the meeting, Mr. Yosuke Watanabe, Secretary General of the Matsumae International Foundation, delivered a presentation about the scholarships for doctoral and master courses granted to scientists all over the world, mentioning that the Foundation expects to increase the number of scholarships to Latin American the Caribbean states.

During the half of the meeting, Dr. Toshitsugu Fujii, Japanese Volcanologist and Professor of Tokyo University, gave a seminar on the current situation of volcanos in Japan.

Dr. Fujii explained that there are 111 active volcanos in Japan, and 50 of them are monitored 24 hours a day, due to their intense volcanic activities. He also pointed out that the last volcanic activity of Mount Fuji was record in the year 1707, and even though it remains dormant for 300 years, there is a possibility to restart its active status in the future, not being able to specify when the eruption could take place.

It should be noted that GRULAC is giving priority to academic exchange between the Latin America and the Caribbean Universities, and Japanese Universities in order to promote innovation in different fields.

Additionally, GRULAC has requested the Ministry of Education of Japan to include Spanish language as one of the language options for university entrance exams, as well as to include it as a study language at high school level.

In relation to natural disasters, GRULAC is currently working on an Emergency Manual for embassies of our region in case of a great magnitude earthquake, tsunami or volcanic eruption that hits Tokyo area. The Embassy of Panama in Japan is in charge of the Natural Disaster Committee, which is preparing the Emergency Manual.

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