Talks launched on new mega-port for Panama

Negotiations on the development of a large container port at Farfán, on the western approach to the Panama Canal have begun between Panama's Ministry of Commerce and Industry and a consortium led by Hong Kong-based Cosco Pacific and Ports America Group of the United States.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Representatives of the consortium were met by Carmen Gisela Vergara, the minister for commerce and industry, Fernando Solórzano, manager of Panama's Maritime Authority, and Alberto Alemán Zubieta, the Panama Canal administrator.

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Negotiations for Farfan Megaport in Panama continue

January 2009

The consortium made up of Ports of America and Cosco Pacific are looking for the best way to move ahead in the face of rising costs along with the restriction of credit.

Prensa.com reports "We are discussing the matter with our partner to determine which is the best route to follow," explained Stephen Edwards, president of Ports America to the La Prensa daily.

Farfan megaport in Panama shipwrecked.

November 2008

Port companies lost interest in the project due to the widening of Panama Ports and the construction of the Rodman port.

The Farfan megaport has gone under. The $600 million project, which would have converted Panama into the Singapore of the Americas with regard to logistics, has come to an end. The global economic crisis was the last nail in the coffin.

Panama's megaport hit with new legal action

June 2008

A new legal action claiming that the construction of a huge container terminal in Farfán, Panama is unconstitutional has surfaced. It is being presented by the lawyer Alana Herrera Pinzón.

The action was presented before the Supreme Court of Justice.
It was first brought before the Secretary General of the Court on June 6. It challenges the legality of Article 1 of Resolution 24, passed on April 7, 2008 by Cabinet.

Panama's megaport in the eye of the hurricane

April 2008

The decision of the Executive Branch to contract directly and without bids the construction of a 600 million dollar container terminal at Farfán has created distrust in Panama's business and political classes.

The move could be seen as a violation of the Fiscal Code. One politician, Guillermo Endara, president of the Vanguardia Moral de la Patria, called the move an administrative "atrocity" and said he would rescind the contract if he were elected in 2009.

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