International airlines betting on Panama

Aeropuerto Internacional Enrique Malek

By Marijulia Pujol Lloyd

Panama took a step forward by developing three new international airports in Chiriqui, Coclé and Colón provinces in 2013. Now the real work begins to promote these terminals with airlines in the Americas, Asia and Europe.

Moisés Véliz, former Vice-President of Governmental Relations for COPA Airlines and an expert in the aeronautical industry, said that this is going to be a long term process, but the main advantage is “we do [...]

Panama awards coastal construction contract

With a $19.5 million offer, the RPL-CSI Panama consortium was awarded the construction of the Cuango-Santa Isabel highway in Colón. reports: “The project of 26 kilometers includes the construction of two bridges over the rivers Cuango and Culebra, which will provide access to the town of Santa Isabel, especially the Punta Cocoye sector, which borders the Guna Yala region, and has over 10 miles of white sandy beaches.”

According to the Tourism Authority of [...]

Colon and Balboa ports top ECLAC container list

Overall activity was down

By Dennis Smith

According to the latest rankings from the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) on container movement, the Panamanian ports of Colon and Balboa move the most container cargo in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The ECLAC report says that Colon moved 3,518,672 TEUs in 2012 for a 4.4% growth rate and Balboa moved 3,304,599 TEUs, up 2.2%. The data is based on changes from 2011 [...]

Initiative needed to resurrect Colon

This week The Bulletin is presenting a photo coverage and report on the disastrous condition of the City of Colon.

This is not a political statement, but an attempt to contribute to the quest for a solution to the deplorable conditions of Panama’s second largest city.

For many years Colon has been an entry point for cruise ship passengers and foreign visitors to the Colon Free Zone who return to their own countries with poor [...]

Colon is poor sister in Panama boom time

Colon is the capital of the northern province of Panama and is the most populated urban center in the country after Panama City.

It has the second largest free zone in the world after Hong Kong; it is a homeport for two important cruise ship lines and it is responsible for 15% of the country’s GDP, approximately $4 billion a year. However, the people of Colon do not appear to be obtaining benefits from this [...]

Colon crumbles while officials talk

Unlike the Old Quarter in Panama City, there is no real estate speculation in Colon to create interest in reconditioning and saving historic buildings.

“Until we have an agreement between the National Heritage Department, the governor and mayor of Colon, the Old Quarter will stay as it is, but for the moment nothing can be done,” said the Provincial Director of the Housing Ministry (MIVI), Osvaldo Chavarria.

He added that at the moment no plans [...]

Six ships grounded on the Colon seafront

Strong winds drove ships to the beach in Colon.
Fuertes vientos en Colón empujan barcos a la playa.

            Strong winds and rains caused by a northern cold front that crossed the Caribbean created havoc in Panama with one person drowned six ships aground and at least ten houses unroofed in Colon province and more damage in  the north of the country. Electric light poles and trees fell in various areas. The six vessels ran aground in the city seafront area of Colon due to the wind [...]