Colombia Wants Union with Panama Through Highway

Uribe insists on building the road through the Darien Gap, meeting with old reluctance from Panama.

Friday, April 3, 2009

It is only 108 kilometers of road that are missing so that the Americas can be traveled by land from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego, but there are two arguments for refusing construction. One is that this is one of the few quasi-virgin regions left in the world, and it is feared that the inevitable progress that the road would bring would harm the environment and biodiversity, in addition to threatening aboriginal cultures.

The other Panamanian argument against the road deals with the fear that the violence of Colombian guerrillas and drug traffickers will find easy access to the Canal country.

According to the article by, Colombian President Alvaro Uribe called for the construction of the road, which is already included in the 2019 Colombia Development Plan, at a forum organized by the Panamanian Association of Business Executives, and he referred directly to the two fears: "If the jungle is not opened to a citizenry that is highly educated in environmental protection, it runs the risk of being destroyed by predators. When new generations decide to go and open that road, they might not find any environmental resources to protect." He added in reference to the security issue that "bandits have never had borders and if we do not have better communication systems, it is only the good citizens who will lose out."

More on this topic

Colombia Interested in Panamanian Gas Pipe

February 2010

Colombia insisted in its proposal to build a pipe to send gas to Panama.

Gina Benedetti, Colombia’s ambassador in Panama, explained the gas could be sold to the rest of Central America.

Benedetti told newspaper ‘La Estrella’, that her government seeks to ‘open a door for Panamanians to commercialize energy resources from Colombia’. The idea is to use Panama as the gateway to sell Colombian gas in Central America.

New Route to Link the Americas

July 2009

Panamanian president Ricardo Martinelli proposed a new alternative for a highway linking the Americas, through Kuna Yala.

At the Tuxtla Summit, hosted by Costa Rica, the proposal of a highway linking Colombia with Panama was discussed again. This road would travel through the so called "Darién Gap".

Panamanian Government Authorizes Electric Interconnection

May 2009

Electricity Transmission Company has been authorized to handle the electricity interconnection project between Panama and Colombia, along with Interconexión Eléctrica SA.

The Cabinet Council, headed by President Martín Torrijos approved the authorization so that Electrical Transmission Company, on behalf of the State and in association with Interconexión Eléctrica SA, will be responsible for the developing electric interconnection project between Panama and Colombia.

Panama Serves as Venue for the Commerce Ministers of C.A. Meeting

February 2009

From the 11th to the 13th of February, advancement will be pursued regarding the integration of customs and the duties for bananas and sugar, issues still pending in the negotiations with the EU. publishes in its website: "The Vice President and Panamanian Chancellor, Samuel Lewis Navarre, declared that there still is not a concrete date scheduled for the next round that Central America and the EU will coordinate in an attempt to achieve progress in negotiations and to conclude the talks next May, as they have had anticipated."

 close (x)

Receive more news about Central America Integration

Suscribe FOR FREE to CentralAmericaDATA EXPRESS.
The most important news of Central America, every day.

Type in your e-mail address:

* Al suscribirse, estará aceptando los terminos y condiciones

Tailor made software for construction companies

O4Bi is a system that allows to control and manage what a company needs: the complete process of development of works, accounts receivable, treasury, banks, sales and accounting.
O4Bi is a very robust system that allows to control and...

Stock Indexes

(Apr 6)
Dow Jones
S&P 500


(Nov 30)
Brent Crude Oil
Coffee "C"