In the past decade Panama has received a lot of interest as a tourist destination. This is in part due to travelers’ natural desire for new destinations, but also because the country—located next to tourist friendly Costa Rica and blessed with similar landscapes—woke up to the opportunities the sector had to offer and began incentivizing its growth.
Two panels at AS/COA’s 2012 Panama conference looked at Panama’s economic outlook. The first focused on the U.S. free trade agreement with Panama, signed into law by the U.S. Congress in October 2011. The two panelists, Panamanian Minister of Foreign Relations Roberto Henriquez and USTR Deputy Assistant for Central America and the Dominican Republic Leslie O’Connor, discussed the path ahead for the trade pact, which was stalled in the U.S.
Executive Secretary of Panama Metro Roberto Roy spoke to AS/COA Online behind the scenes at AS/COA's March, 2012 Panama conference. The engineer discussed the phases the large infrastructure development will go through as well as the benefits it will bring to Panama City's residents. ... Play Video
Alberto Alemán Zubieta, head of the Panama Canal Authority, spoke to AS/COA Online after his presentation on the Canal's expansion at AS/COA's Panama City Conference in March 2012. ... Play Video
The head of Panama's government tourism ministry Salomón Shamah discussed the development of the country's tourism sector at AS/COA's Panama City Conference in March, 2012. ... Play Video
Augusto de la Torre, the World Bank’s chief economist for Latin America, is speaking at AS/COA’s Panama conference on March 2. For his presentation he’ll be discussing the September 2011 report for the World Bank on Latin America’s swelling economic bonds to China.
Ahead of Panama Canal Authority President Alberto Alemán Zubieta’s presentation on the expansion of the Canal at AS/COA’s 2012 Panama conference, AS/COA Online visited the Miraflores locks at the entrance to the Panama Canal, on the Pacific Ocean side of the isthmus.