Infrastructure

Transport carriers hit with sanctions for illegal rate hikes

In the first three months of this year – from January to March – the  Transit and Ground Transportation Authority (ATTT) has imposed 245 sanctions for violating the prohibitions related to passengers or for refusing to take them. And it is that the inspections carried out by personnel of that …

Canal

Panama hosts environmental and maritime safety meeting

Officials from the Security and Environment portfolios of Panama, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Colombia will meet this Friday in the Panamanian capital to review cooperation in those sectors. The Ministry of Public Security of Panama reported today that the head of that office, Alexis Bethancourt and his Costa Rican colleague, …

Energy/Infrastructure

95% of work is stopped as strike continues

95% of the construction projects remain paralyzed and the Panamanian Chamber of Construction (Capac) requested the vote count to determine if the workers want the strike or not, informed Saúl Mendez, Secretary General of the Union of Workers of the Construction and Similar (Suntracs) According to Méndez, yes, the strike …

Canal

What is really occurring with Canal?

Practically, the only virgin entity that remained in our Panama was recently raped by domestic terrorists who attempted, in a very particular and simplistic way, against everything that in more than a century had remained intact: The uninterrupted form of the operation of the Channel. It is incredible how a …

Energy/Infrastructure
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IMF predicts Panama will grow by almost 6%

by John “JB” Bryson April 18, 2018 Similar in tone to my earlier post, with the IMF stating that the Panamanian economy is due to grow above average to 5.6%, it can lead to a false sense of optimism in relation to being able to sustain an influx of immigrants. …

Technology

FACEBOOK under investigation from European agencies

European national authorities, including the Spanish Agency for Data Protection (AEPD), investigate “the true scope” of the filtering of data from Facebook users to a consultancy linked to the electoral campaign in the US. who gave the victory to Donald Trump. “We are investigating the case in coordination with the British …

Canal

Canal vows “uninterrupted” work flow

The Practitioners of  the Panama Canal on Sunday, April 15, urged the directors of the waterway and tugboat captains to establish a “real dialogue” in order to resolve the current labor dispute. + info Certificate orders two sailors per tugboat ACP notifies tug captains of their separation Labor conflict hinders …

Infrastructure

Guna Yala threatened by climate change

The natives of the island Cartí Sugdup , in the archipelago of  Guna Yala – known worldwide as San Blas -, northeast of the province of Panama, are enlisting fear and hope to move to the mainland and become the first indigenous settlement in America Latina reassured by climate change …

Energy/Infrastructure

Major digital ecosystem summit planned for Panama

Panama will host the GSMA Latin America Plenary Meeting # 46, on May 10 and 11 that will include the participation of specialists and executives of the digital ecosystem and the telecommunications and ICT industry of Latin America. Roberto Meana Meléndez, General Administrator of the National Authority of Public Services …

Energy/Infrastructure

Growth and Infrastructure collide as Panama economy rises

Panama has led economic growth in Latin America in the last five years, but this bonanza has not translated into a better quality of life in terms of urban mobility. + info More time behind the wheel A report by the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF) on urban growth …

Panama Tourism

Climate Change affecting Latin American hemisphere, and potential tourism

“Here was my business,” said Julio Rodriguez standing in the sand. At the point that marked his feet was a local wood in which since the 90’s offered packages of excursions to tourists. In 2006, he looked at the turquoise water of the Arena Gorda beach 25 meters away from …

Energy/Infrastructure

Tug Captains creating embargo at Canal

The five Neopanamax ships scheduled to transit this Thursday for the new set of locks could not complete the transit because the tugboat captains refused to comply with an order from the administration. Since the beginning of the third set of locks, inaugurated on June 26, 2016, the Canal administration …

Energy/Infrastructure

Plant is operating in Chilbre at 50% capacity

The Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers National (Idaan) reported that the water treatment plant of Chilibre is still working 50% by an electrical fault in a pumping station. For this reason, from the night of Monday, April 9, potable water will be presented at the low points, while in the …