Panama Formally Joins Central America

With the formal integration of the canal country into SIECA, what was a geopolitical contradiction has been corrected, because Panama always should have been part of Central America.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

From a press release from the Central American Economic Integration Secretariat (SIECA):

The Secretariat of the Central American Economic Integration (SIECA) congratulates the brotherly people of the Republic of Panama for joining the Central American Economic Integration Subsystem by means of the deposit of the Incorporation Protocol made on Monday May 6 this year.

In this way, Panama became the sixth country to become part of the economic subsystem, after subscription to the aforementioned instrument made during the XXXIX Summit of Heads of State and Government of SICA, held in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, on June 29 2012, which was subsequently approved by the National Legislative Assembly of Panama in the month of April this year.

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Panama's Economic Cabinet is receiving technical assistance from Sieca for its incorporation in the regional system.

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"Even though an official date has not been set, Panama could finish the process and join Sieca in 2010", reports

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