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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

Embassy of Panama Organizes Tourism Seminar

Thursday, July 26th, 2018

On July 25, the Embassy of Panama held a Tourism Seminar for the members of Second Life Association.

This Association is composed of retired member from prestigious Japanese companies, who are interested in travelling to different countries.

During his welcome remarks, the Ambassador of Panama, H.E. Ritter Diaz, expressed his gratitude to members of the Association for their interest in Panama.

On the other hand, Mrs. Ayana Hatada Diaz, spouse of the Ambassador, delivered a detail presentation of tourist attraction of Panama, such as the Canal, historical and natural world heritages, different indigenous groups, among others.

The presentation also included a promotion video with the information about World Youth Day, which will be held from January 22 to 27, 2019, as well as the celebration of 500 years of the foundation of Panama city on August 15, 2019.

All participants had the opportunity to enjoy Panamanian gastronomy, such as shrimp ceviche, chorizo with green banana fries, chicken stew, corn rice, mamallena as desert, and Panamanian specialty coffee.

At the same time, different kind of Panamanian handcrafts were exhibited, which included Molas, beads accessories, and replicas of pre-Columbus artifacts.

The event was concluded with greetings of appreciation from Mr. Yukio Mizukoshi, Director General of the Association, where he mentioned that this touristic seminar will help the members to consider Panama as a travel destination in near future.

At the end, participants received tourism pamphlets, including the general information such as: historical and natural heritage, indigenous groups, shopping and cruising information of Panama.

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.

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.

Panamanian receives Certificate of Ikebana instructor

Friday, June 1st, 2018
On May 25, 2018, a Panamanian citizen Mrs. Pilar Hasebe received a certificate of Ikebana instructor from Mr. Yukihiro Kubota, President of Ikenobo school Tokyo chapter, at the Embassy of Panama in Japan. H.E. Ritter Diaz, Ambassador of Panama, congratulated Mrs. Hasebe, as first Panamanian citizen, for being certificated by Ikenobo school, which is considered as the eldest Ikebana school in Japan. President Kubota expressed his trustness toward Mrs. Hasebe as a great promotor of Ikebana culture in Panama, expecting her contribution to disseminate this beautiful art of Japanese flower arrangement. On this occasion, there was also the presence of Mrs. Diana Salansky, President of Ikebana International.
From the left, Ambassador of Panama in Japan, Mrs. Pilar Hasebe, President Kubota and Mrs. Abe, Teacher of Ikebana, Ikenobo.

From the left, Ambassador of Panama in Japan, Mrs. Pilar Hasebe, President Kubota and Mrs. Abe, Teacher of Ikebana, Ikenobo

Friendly Cocktail On the Occasion of the 34th World Youth Day 2019 in Panama

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018
On April 10, 2018, H.E. Ritter Diaz, the Ambassador of the Republic of Panama to Japan, celebrated a Friendly cocktail at his official residence, on the occasion of the celebration of World Youth Day 2019 in Panama (WYD2019), which will be held in Panama City on January 22- 27, 2019. This cocktail started with greetings from Ambassador Diaz, where he expressed his gratitude to participants, highlighting the importance of WYD2019 as well as the campaign carried out by the national government to create awareness of this event, which is organized by Catholic Church, under the leadership of Pope Francis. Ambassador Diaz also delivered a presentation on WYD2019, explaining its backgrounds, theme, meaning of official logo, scheduled activities, as well as the application procedure for participants. After the presentation of Ambassador Diaz, H.E. Reverend Tarcisius Isao Kikuchi, Archbishop of Tokyo, made a toast for the success of WYD2019, the health of Pope Francis and all participants, accompanied by H.E. Takahiro Nakamae, Director General of Latin-American and the Caribbean Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, H.E. Jorge Barakat, Administrator of Panama Maritime Authority and Ambassador Diaz. This event also counted on the participation of Ambassadors and diplomats from the countries of the Central American Integration System (SICA), Chancellor of Sophia University, Sisters from St. Ignatius Church and Japanese catholic young people, who are interested in joining to WYD2019. This event concluded with a cocktail where all the participants could taste Panamanian cuisine, watching the promotional video of WYD2019.
During the presentation of Ambassador Diaz

During the presentation of Ambassador Diaz

From left to right, Director General of Latin-American and the Caribbean Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Administrator of Panama Maritime Authority, Archbishop of Tokyo, Ambassador of Panama in Japan and his wife, during the toast by Archbishop of Tokyo.

From left to right, Director General of Latin-American and the Caribbean Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Administrator of Panama Maritime Authority, Archbishop of Tokyo, Ambassador of Panama in Japan and his wife, during the toast by Archbishop of Tokyo.

Participants of cocktail, from left to right, Chancellor of Sophia University, sister from St. Ignatius church, Ambassador of the Dominican Republic, Director of the Centro American and the Caribbean of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.

Participants of cocktail, from left to right, Chancellor of Sophia University, sister from St. Ignatius church, Ambassador of the Dominican Republic, Director of the Centro American and the Caribbean of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.

Panamanian cuisine

Panamanian cuisine

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).