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Panama Crackdown on Human Trafficking

Panama Crackdown on Human Trafficking

Panama’s Deputy Director of the Judicial Investigation Department, Manuel Bonome TODAY POANAMA (Prensa Latina) The present strategy against human trafficking has allowed Panama to rescue 167 people from 2014 to date and stop 40 human traffickers, the National Commission Against Human Trafficking (Cnctp) reported. Some operations, during this week, succeeded in rescuing just 37 women, […]

Panama Rejects European Union (EU) Visas

Panama Rejects European Union (EU) Visas

(TODAY PANAMA) Most European Union (EU) visitor visas will no longer be accepted for entry into Panama under a new decree highlighting a general tightening of migration restrictions in Central America. The sudden change in policy, reported in Panamanian media Saturday, comes a month after a similar step in neighbouring Costa Rica. Both countries will […]

Gap between Rich and Poor in Panama Increases

Gap between Rich and Poor in Panama Increases

Panama City from the Ancon Hill, a 654-foot hill that overlooks the capital city TODAY PANAMA (Prensa Latina) The unequal distribution of wealth increased in Panama, indicates a recent report issued by the ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF) in December 2016, quoted today by the local media. The official report, titled ‘Distribution of Household […]

Panamanian Banks will Face Glim Outlook in 2017

Panamanian Banks will Face Glim Outlook in 2017

TODAY PANAMA – The Panamanian bank system will face a glim 2017, according to the most recent report by the risk assessment company Fitch Ratings (FR), entitled Perspectiva-2017 (Prospects-2017) and published in this capital. According to the Spanish language media, the assessment of the Panamanian economic sector was announced by the rating company FR after […]

Panama Expat Interview – Meet Samantha Whay-Jenkins (Part I)

Panama Expat Interview – Meet Samantha Whay-Jenkins  (Part I)

TODAY PANAMA (Panamagringoguide.com) Some time has passed since I have published a Panama expat interview, and I’m excited to get this one up for my audience. I started conducting these one-on-one conversations with a variety of Panama expats about four years ago soon after the launch of my first book, Samantha Whay Jenkins The Gringo […]

Panama’s Record Drug Seizures Reflect Colombia’s Cocaine Boom

Panama’s Record Drug Seizures Reflect Colombia’s Cocaine Boom

(Q24N) Insigthcrime.org – Authorities in Panama say they have seized more drugs in 2016 than in any other year since 2000, and soaring cocaine production in neighboring Colombia may be the most likely explanation behind this rise. As of December 13, authorities had intercepted 62.3 metric tons of cocaine and marijuana — 7 percent more […]

United States Presses Sale of Panamanian Newspapers

United States Presses Sale of Panamanian Newspapers

TODAY PANAMA –  The pressures by the U.S. government on two Panamanian newspapers to sell their shares to third parties as the only way to remove extraterritorial sanctions have been revealed here today by the press. ‘The U.S. government has repeatedly explained the circumstances behind the administrative designation of the Waked Money Laundering Organization by […]

Figures on Vehicle Fleet in Panama

Figures on Vehicle Fleet in Panama

Panama Traffic (Today Panama) A report entitled “Vehicular Fleet in Panama in 2015”, shows that 70% of vehicles circulating in the country at the end of 2015 were cars, while only 5% were motorcycles. Data from the report “Vehicular Fleet in Panama 2015” prepared by the Business Intelligence Unit at CentralAmericaData.com, points out that of […]

Panama Reports More than 400 Cases of The Zika Virus

Panama Reports More than 400 Cases of The Zika Virus

(Prensa Latina) Since the zika virus appeared in November 2015, the public health authorities confirmed a total of 461 cases in Panama, of which 422 correspond to the present year. Among the most affected regions, there are the capital (174 cases) and the region of Guna Yala (136). The Panamanian Public Health Ministry (MINSA) reported […]

Panama Bureaucracy Complicates Exports

Panama Bureaucracy Complicates Exports

The union of exporters claims that business opportunities are being lost due to the slow pace of processing and issue of permits and certificates for export. Juan Bulnes, president of the Asociación Panameña de Exportadores (APEX) – Panamanian Association of Exporters, told Prensa.com that “… ‘For exporters, the National Customs Authority (ANA) and the Ministry […]

Informal Employment Increase Nearly 6% in Panama

Informal Employment Increase Nearly 6% in Panama

Children in a poor Panama City neighborhood play soccer. The Panama Canal has brought rapid development to the capital in recent years, but 40 percent of the country’s residents still live in poverty. (Prensa Latina) Informal employment increased nearly 6 percent in Panama from March 2015 to the same month in 2016, and men and […]

Panama Records Increase In Consumption of Poultry Products

Panama Records Increase In Consumption of Poultry Products

Photo from La Prensa The union of poultry farmers reported an increase of 8% in the first ten months of the year compared to the same period in 2015. The National Association of Poultry Farmers of Panama (ANAVIP) recorded an increase in consumption of poultry meat in the country, of up to 87 pounds per […]

Soho Mall Stores and the Clinton List

Soho Mall Stores and the Clinton List

(Q24N) As time passes there is growing uncertainty on the part of traders that have shops in Soho Mall in Panama about the future of the company which has been included on the US government’s list of companies suspected of money laundering. From a statement issued by the Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture of […]

Thousands of Illegal Migrants Were Helped on Their Way Through Panama

Thousands of Illegal Migrants Were Helped on Their Way Through Panama

(Prensa Latina)A Security Ministry report revealed more than 9,000 illegal migrants have received humanitarian care in Panama in recent months, out of which 2,400 remain in the country today. According to the Minister of Security, Alexis Bethancourt, the migrants were given food, medical care and protection, before being authorized to continue their journey to the […]

Panama Denies to U.S. Risk of Money Laundering

Panama Denies to U.S. Risk of Money Laundering

(Q24N) he Government of Panama rejected today the remarks of the Department of Financial Services of New York (NYDES), of the United States, as a high-risk jurisdiction for money laundering. The Minister of Economy and Finances Dulcidio De la Guardia told reporters he received an official communique of the U.S. Treasury Department or the State […]

Taxis block roads in Uber standoff

Taxis block roads in Uber standoff

TODAY PANAM – The gloves are off between Panama taxi drivers and the Uber system with both sides gearing up to claim their right to serve the city’s traveling public, while the transit authority stands on the sidelines. The actions of the yellow hornet drivers are having a more visible effect on road users, as […]

Italy approves double-taxation treaty with Panama

Italy approves double-taxation treaty with Panama

  TODAY PANAMA – The Italian Parliament approved Tuesday a double taxation treaty that was signed with Panama at the beginning of 2010 and which had been ratified by the Panamanian National Assembly in December of that same year. The treaty will go to the senate for final approval. “We are particularly proud to approve […]

Panamanian Lawyers Condemn U.S. Interference

Panamanian Lawyers Condemn U.S. Interference

TODAY PANAMA –  The National Bar Association (CNA, in Spanish) of Panama today condemned the interference of the US in the country, which they consider the antithesis of law. The US Treasury have published a list of Panamanian companies they are sanctioning due to alleged tax avoidance. In a statement, the CNA denounced the “interference […]

Panama’s Colombia Border Closure Could Fuel Human Trafficking

Panama’s Colombia Border Closure Could Fuel Human Trafficking

Q24N – Panama has announced that it will temporarily close its border with Colombia in an attempt to halt irregular migration, a decision that could impact the dynamics of human smuggling in the region. Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela made the announcement On May 9. “We have taken the difficult decision to close the border […]

The Waked Case In Perspective

The Waked Case In Perspective

The identification of Grupo Waked in a money laundering network could result in significant changes in the representations of brands marketed in the country. An article on Prensa.com cites Jorge Garcia Icaza, president of the Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture of Panama, who emphasized that restraint should excerised when dealing with the case in […]

Panama to close Colombia border to halt Cuba migrants

Panama to close Colombia border to halt Cuba migrants

(Q24N) Key crossings on Panama’s border with Colombia are to be closed to control the flow of Cuban migrants heading to the United States. President Juan Carlos Varela said the decision was necessary as Costa Rica and Nicaragua had recently closed their borders to Cubans heading north. Panama has also agreed to transfer more than […]

Transfer of Cuban Migrants from Panama to Mexico Starts Today

Transfer of Cuban Migrants from Panama to Mexico Starts Today

TODAY PANAMA – The first of the Cubans stranded in Panama for months, hoping to reach the United Stated under a decades-old law which gives them privileged entry and a fast-track to residency, will be leaving for Mexico today (Monday), confirmed José Donderis, director of Civil Protection (SINAPROC). The group will travel to a border […]

Panama Ranks High in Violence against Women

Panama Ranks High in Violence against Women

Q24N (PL) The increase in number of women homicides and denounciations of aggressions against women put Panama todayh among the 25 nations of the world with highest incidence of lethal violence on women and girls. According to official data, until this date a total of seven violent deaths and over three thousand attacks against that […]

Panama Papers Whistleblower Breaks Silence

Panama Papers Whistleblower Breaks Silence

(Q24N) The whistleblower behind the massive Panama Papers data leak has broken their silence to explain how injustice drove them to release the information. The leaker – whose identity remains a secret – wrote a column for German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung explaining their reasoning and insisting they were not a spy. In April, the leak of […]

Panama Spends Millions to Control The Zika Virus

Panama Spends Millions to Control The Zika Virus

Q24N (Prensa Latina) To US$8 million dollars is the amount already spent by Panamanian health authorities to address the Zika epidemic, said the minister of Health, Francisco Javier Terrientes. He explained that of the US$10 million dollars approved by the government last February as part of a national emergency plan, so far about 80 percent […]

Panama Builds Shelters for Cubans Stranded In Border With Costa Rica

Panama Builds Shelters for Cubans Stranded In Border With Costa Rica

(Q24N) Panamanian authorities announced the building of shelters for some 2.500 Cubans stranded in the border with Costa Rica, who intend to keep their journey to the United States where they will pursue the benefits offered only to Cubans citizens by the US Cuban Adjustment Act. According to an official statement cited by Prensa Latina, […]

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