The Incorporation of Panama into SICA

The Cabinet Council has approved Panama joining the Economic Integration Subsystem of the Central American Integration System.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

From the press release issued by the Presidency of Panama:

The Cabinet Council approved a project that supports the Protocol of Incorporating Panama into the Economic Integration Subsystem of the Central American Integration System.

The proposal was supported by Cabinet by the Minister of Trade and Industry, Ricardo Quijano, who was joined in his presentation by Diana Salazar, Deputy Minister of International Trade Negotiations.

According to the Deputy Minister, the incorporation of the Republic of Panama to the Economic Integration Subsystem should be seen as a boost to enhancing the strategic alliances with companies in Central America in terms of goods, services and investments. Along with this comes, she said, competitive advantages, transfer of knowledge and technologies, increasing the portfolio of businesses and improving the positioning of the goods and services in international markets.

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