Both government and the private sector are working together to improve conditions which will strengthen the sector's growth.
Among main events is the visit to Panama of the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), one of the largest organizations of U.S. retailers. The visit is jointly organized by the ACP, the Ministry of Commerce, Manzanillo International Terminal, Panama Canal Railway, Panama Ports Company, London & Regional and COPA Airlines.
According to the article by Angel Lopez from Martesfinanciero.com, Rodolfo Sabonge, Vice President of Research and Market Analysis of the ACP, said about RILA: "More than 100 thousand stores operate in this organization with $ 1.400 million dollars in annual sales. The visit is scheduled for completion after the February 23 RILA annual meeting in Orlando, Florida, including a panel on Panama as an ideal place to centralize the logistics operations and transportation for the Latin American market."
It also highlights the 2011 implementation agreement between the Government and Georgia Tech University where students will attend a Master in Supply Chain in Panama for six months and then six months at Georgia Tech.
I Panama companies warn that container traffic will drop if the implementation of the new tariffs for food import inspections are not stopped.
The Business Council Logistics (Coel) is concerned that if the new tariffs do come into force of on July 3, "... the window will open for other state institutions to suggest similar increases, putting at risk the second most important sector of the Panamanian economy after the Panama Canal. "
On March 25 international and local experts will discuss the logistical impact on the region of the expansion of the canal at the Panama Logistic Summit event.
On March 25 national and foreign experts will be attending the "Panama Logistic Summit". At the event, which is organized by the Maritime Chamber of Panama with the support of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, discussions will be held on the logistical impact on the region of the enlargement of the Panama Canal.
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