Public Management in Panama

President Torrijos of Panama pointed to the strengthening of the country as one of the main economies of the region, with the proper management of the country's finances as the main tool.

Monday, January 5, 2009

In a press release published on the website of the Presidency, the main points of the interview granted to RPC Radio by Torrijos were outlined.

Panama has an excellent economy and a promising future, said Torrijos, pointing out that since the start of his administration and up to the close of 2008, they have managed to significantly reduce the unemployment rate and have attracted important investments and transnational companies.

This year they have also reinforced security, health, and education, just as they have since the beginning of their government, and have tried to resolve a part of the main problems affecting the country as demanded by the citizens.

"Four years ago we had a terrible unemployment situation, public finances that were really bad for the country and which did not help the community in generating resources," said Torrijos.

He indicated that, thanks to the efforts of successful foreign policy, they have managed to increase investor confidence in Panama, which at the same time represents new jobs and the growth of...

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