Ecuador Takes the Lead for Progress in Global Competitiveness Report

Ecuador continues to climb positions in the latest Global Competitiveness Report, published recently by the World Economic Forum, based on Geneva. This year, the country moved from 86th to 71st place in the ranking,...

Four Years Later, China-Backed Nicaragua Canal Struggles to Take Off the Ground

EspañolThe Nicaragua Interoceanic Canal project is either paralyzed, or nonexistent. In June 2013, the Nicaraguan National Assembly passed Law 840, which authorized President of Nicaragua Daniel Ortega to transfer the responsibility of the project to...

Twelve Foreign Ministers Meet in Lima to Reject Maduro’s Illegal Constituent Assembly in Venezuela

On Tuesday, August 8, thirteen foreign ministers from the Americas met in Lima, Peru, in order to discuss Venezuela’s social and political crisis. The result was a signed declaration in which the representatives declare...

Panama to Transfer Stranded Cuban Migrants to Shelter on Costa Rican Border

EspañolAfter Panama President Juan Carlos Varela threatened to close a shelter assisting Cuban immigrants, his administration announced it will be instead transferring them to a center on the Costa Rican border. According to the Panamanian Ministry of...

Citing Illegal Immigration Crisis, Panama Defends Mass Deportation of Cubans

EspañolPanama has implemented stronger border restrictions amid a continuing wave of illegal Cuban immigrants, who the government has been deporting in massive numbers. Panama’s Director of Immigration Javier Carrillo Silvestri has had to defend his actions to...

Eyeing Economic Gains, Panama Breaks Ties with Taiwan to Pursue New Relationship with China

EspañolPanama has broken diplomatic ties with Taiwan to establish links with China. President of Panama Juan Carlos Varela made the announcement Monday, June 13 on nationally broadcast radio and television shows, during which he said the...

US Judge Denies Bail for Former President of Panama in Controversial Extradition Request

EspañolFormer President of Panama Ricardo Martinelli was arrested at his home in Miami, Florida this Monday, June 12 and currently remains in custody for charges he claims are the result of a political witch-hunt. The...

Panama: Catholic Charity Defies President’s Order to Shut Down Shelters for Cubans

Español Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela gave an ultimatum to end the humanitarian accommodation of hundreds of Cuban refugees who remain in that country. Varela gave the Caritas Social Pastoral Ministry a one-month deadline to...

US-Sanctioned Venezuelan Vice President Accused of Money Laundering in Panama

EspañolPanama officials are looking into opening an investigation against Venezuela Vice President Tareck El Aissami, who they think may have been involved in money laundering schemes in the country. Panama’s former Ambassador to the Organization of American States Guillermo...

Mexican State of Oaxaca to Build its Own “Panama Canal”

EspañolMexico is planning to build its own Panama Canal in the state of Oaxaca. Governor Alejandro Murat recently announced plans for the construction, which will connect the Pacific Ocean with the Atlantic by way of the port of Salina...

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US Ambassador to Panama Resigns, Says Cannot Serve Trump

(Reuters) U.S. Ambassador to Panama John Feeley, a career diplomat and former Marine Corps helicopter pilot, has resigned, telling the State Department he no...

A New Contender Has Emerged for the Best Credit in Latin America

If you had to name the country that bond investors consider to be the best credit in all of Latin America, which would you...

Panama Tourist Spending Continues to Slow Down

From January to October 2017, tourist spending grew by only 1.6% compared to the same period in 2016, significantly lower than the 13% recorded...

Chinese Tourists Coming To Panama

TODAY PANAMA - Businessmen from the Panamanian tourist sector welcome the arrival of Air China flights in March 2018, but consider it will be...

UNESCO Recognizes Panama’s Hats: No, Not The Panama Hat, The Other One

LA PINTADA, Panama (AP) — Cultural authorities at UNESCO have recognized the artisans of Panama for their distinctive woven hats. No, not those hats;...

Odebrecht cut from airport bidding

ODEBRECHT, The Brazilian Construction  Company that gave major election campaign donations to the Panamenista Party via the man who is now manager of Tocumen...

The Simpsons Invade Panama!

The Simpsons' first stop in their #TravesíaSimpson in Central America was Panama, as Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie take a vacation. And what's a...

Canal Future Could Rest On Going Green

The future of the Panama Canal in the face of accelerating climate change may depend on innovative green initiatives including floating solar panels. A solar...

Panama moves closer to rail link with Costa Rica

Panama moved a step closer to building a rail link to the Costa Rican border on Thursday, December 7 with the signing of an...

Panama On The EU Black List

After two years of negotiations the European Union has reached a consensus and defined a list of 17 nations considered to be "tax havens",...