The implementation of Panama's Trade Promotion Agreement (TPA) with the United States will not happen on October 1 as planned.
Minster of Trade and Industry. Ricardo Quijano explained Thursday, September 13 that five proposals to change laws have not been discussed in first debate, because the standing committees of the legislature are not working and the legislature has been in full permanent session with electoral reforms.
"There is no way it can go into effect on October 1. It has not yet gone to committee, and then must go through the full assembly and after approval must be polished" said the minister.
Among the rules that need to be amended are those concerning copyright, intellectual property and government procurement.
Quijano said that the counter party to the treaty, the United States has made appropriate changes and "is aware of what is happening in Panama"