News Briefs

Week in Review August 14

LAST TOUCH

Grupo Unidos por el Canal consortium (GUPC) has not yet finalized the “minor works” of the Panama Canal expansion. The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) reported in a statement that the contractor has not yet confirmed a new completion date but that, according to its records, the list of minor work and outstanding defects has a breakthrough of a total of 99% for both the Cocolí locks on the Pacific and the Agua Clara […]

Week in Review – July 13

SHIP FLIGHT

Shipping companies may choose to go to neighboring ports, because of a lack of capacity, especially on Panama’s Pacific coast, Panama Canal Administrator, Jorge Quijano, said. “We have seen significant growth this year and larger ships are coming to the port terminals and are transiting the Panama Canal,” said Quijano.

BACK ‘N FORTH

So far this year, Panama’s Minister of Commerce, Augusto Arosemena, and Colombia’s María Claudia Lacouture, have held two presidential meetings […]

Week in Review May 16

ZLC RISING

Revenues of the Colon Free Zone (ZLC) for 2018 could improve slightly, while the site recovers from a commercial crisis that resulted in a tax and tariff reduction for its users.

CANAL EXCEEDS

The expansion of the Panama Canal generates good results. Since its inauguration, from June 26, 2016, to April 30 this year, toll revenues exceed $528.6 million. Over 1,000 neo-panamax ships (an average of 5.9 ships per day) have transited the […]

Week in Review April 18

OIL SEARCH

Panama’s Cabinet approved seismic surveys in the open sea to determine if there is oil or natural gas reserves, a source from the National Energy Secretariat (SNE) told the news agency Efe. The geophysical survey will take place only 15 kilometers from the coasts and not on the mainland, in a 40,000 kilometer layout, according to a document from the SNE that indicates that the first analysis will catalog the areas chosen as […]

Week in Review March 6

PANAMA TOPS

Panama will outperform Chile as a result of greater economic growth, but the measure does not reflect persistent inequalities. Panama will be the country with the highest GDP per capita measured by purchasing power parity in Latin America in 2018. This is the projection made by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Taken into account are the calculations that point to Panama as the fastest growing economy.

DEPENDENCE

An improvement in the economies of […]

Week in Review January 24

TOUCHÉ

The Panamanian government announced that it suspended the purchase of two vessels from the Colombian Navy for about $30 million because of a pending bilateral tariff dispute that was decided in favor of Panama by the World Trade Organization (WTO). The purchase of the vessels, agreed last October, “was suspended until we can resolve the trade dispute,” said the Panamanian Minister of Commerce and Industry, Augusto Arosemena, during the presentation of his management report […]

Week in Review January 12

FINGERED

From Switzerland the bribes were paid in Panama. Investigations in Switzerland confirm the payment of bribes during the government of Ricardo Martinelli Berrocal. Without revealing even the names of the Panamanians who received these bribes from Odebrecht – the largest contractor of the Panamanian State – Switzerland confirmed the existence of bank accounts that would have reached more than $20 million in illegal payments.

CONTRACT CUT

The government of Juan Carlos Varela announced that […]