America's crisis being felt on the Panama Canal

The Panama Canal Authority reports that number of ships carrying merchandise through the Panama Canal has remained static and is unlikely to improve next year, due to the economic slowdown in the United States.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

However, it adds, representatives of the Central American Integration Bank say that some Israeli companies have shown interest in participating in the construction of the new canal.
These companies are interested in areas like agroindustry and biotechnology. They are also offering their expertise in water management, telecommunications, regional development and rural tourism.

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