Panama-China deal needs more than optimism

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PANAMAS Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture (CCIAP) has given a qualified endorsement to the recent signing of 19 agreements with China.

The chamber describes the signing as positive but added that “Panama must introduce adjustments

important to achieve the agreed benefits. “This, since it  deals with a terrain in which one must work with more responsibility than with simple enthusiastic optimism, ”

The approach of the business body  arises  because  in the past  Panama has obtained very limited benefits from similar treaties in regard  to the export of goods, and  productive sectors such as agriculture and livestock and industrial”. have been marginalized  during various administrations,

The Chamber said Sunday, Nov 26, that, as long as this prevails, “our export offer will not generate the resources that can be expected from this opportunity. ”

“In addition, there are the demands that China imposes on its imports, which we must satisfy on time, “it adds According to the CCIAP, the partnership with China “should enhance our competitive advantages if we put in a vision of a committed State in the long term -not five-year- with the development of the country. For this, it is necessary to include the preparation of our human resources through modern models that exceed obsolete canons.

“In any case, our biggest challenge in reaching  the first world is the ability to compete with efficiency and quality, especially when in the region other actors look for opportunities like these … it will require extraordinary efforts.

This month, Panama and the People’s Republic of China signed agreements related to trade, agriculture, tourism and the maritime sector, as part of a tour that President Juan Carlos Varela made from Nov. 14 -22

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