Conflicts of interest between carriers and the apathy of the authorities of Costa Rica and Panama have kept the border blocked for all regional trade.
It's not just that immigration and customs officials do not provide a 24 hour service, as is needed, and as occurs at other Central American borders, but that in Paso Canoas, the governments of Costa Rica and Panama are not exercising their authority in a responsible manner, resulting in conflicts for one reason or another, with consequent blockades and closures that produce serious economic losses not only for Panamanians and Costa Ricans, but also for all Central American companies whose imports or exports pass through this border.
A bill aims to impose penalties on airlines that transport people carrying illegal drugs.
The Airlines Association of Panama (ALAP) has announced its opposition to a proposal submitted by the Security Minister, Jose Raul Mulino, to the National Assembly, which penalize airlines whose planes have transported persons wishing to bring illicit drugs into the country.
The country's Ministry of Security has negotiated directly with the Austrian manufacturer, Glock, to buy 13 thousand handguns for $7.9 million.
To begin with the purchase was agreed via the company Deportes El Cazador but the process was contested by the National Comptroller's Office. The direct deal with the manufacturer meant that a better price could be obtained with the difference being used to increase the number of weapons acquired.
According to the ruling, the fee won't be charged to minors under the age of two, flight crew, diplomats nor government delegates in official trips. Citizens over the age of 55 will enjoy a 50% discount.
Some of the money needed for its construction will be obtained by selling two existing penitentiaries.
"El Renacer" and the female rehabilitation center "Cecilia de Chiari" would be sold, but there is no estimated value for them.
José Raúl Mulino, Government and Justice Minister, said that "'El Renacer' extends for 16 hectares, and its location suggests it could become an important development center, due to its proximity to the Panama Canal. ... The female center occupies 10.000 square meters of construction, mostly industrial structures. It has access to the main road, as well as areas for expansion and enlargement."
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