Instability, Confusion and Economic Deceleration

Faced with the advance of the coronavirus epidemic, businessmen in the region are asking citizens to follow only official recommendations to avoid giving way to disorienting versions that only contribute to generate instability and uncertainty.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

In Central America, two countries have registered people infected with the virus. Costa Rica was the first to report cases of COVID-19 (also known as coronavirus) and so far the nation has registered nine infected people. Panama made its first case official on 9 March.

See "Coronavirus: What are the Impacts for the Region?"

Faced with this situation, the Panamanian business sector has issued a statement urging the country's businesspeople and workers to remain calm and replicate the "Health and Labor Promotion, Prevention and Control Measures to Prepare for Possible Cases of COVID-19," adopted jointly by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Labor and Labor Development.

The statement from the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Panama (CCIAP) states that "... Only compliance with such recommendations, which include paying attention only to official information, will avoid giving way to disorienting versions that only contribute to promote instability and confusion."

In this context, a global economic slowdown is predicted. An article in explains that "... the transport of goods, very dependent on Chinese trade, is impacted by this phenomenon that has affected the activity of the ports and the demand for raw materials from China."

Also see "Coronavirus: Every Crisis Brings an Opportunity"

The text adds that "... In addition to the immediate logistical problems, there is a slowdown in Chinese demand in the short and medium term, since China alone accounts for about 35% of dry bulk imports by sea in the world."

The current emergency opens the debate about the opportunities for countries like Panama, because as a logistic center in the region, it must prepare itself to have the capacity to guarantee the supply of goods to neighboring countries in the future.

See the CCIAP press release and the article "Coronavirus makes global logistics gear shake."

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