Abroad

The Christmas Trees Are Coming

Panama will import more 113,538 Christmas trees this holiday season. From Canada and the United States, they arrive in 142 containers, pre-certified by The Ministry of Agriculture and Development which supervised harvesting, processing and shipping. The phytosanitary balsam firs come in all shapes and sizes with prices ranging from $20 to $200.

Panama and China Grow Ties in Wake of Break

Panama and China are moving full-speed ahead after the Central American country ended its long-standing relationship with Taiwan in June. During Juan Carlos Varela’s visit to China this week, Chinese President Xi Jinping praised the Panamanian president for his great vision, political courage and responsibility in establishing diplomatic ties based on a One-China Policy. “This sends an important…

Nidal Waked Held in Miami Until Trial

Colombian-Panamanian businessman Nidal Waked will remain in custody in Miami until his trial, tentatively scheduled for October 30. Waked, age 45 and based in Panama before his arrest, pled not guilty to charges of “knowingly and willfully” engaging in financial and monetary transactions designed to conceal drug-trafficking proceeds. At the time of his arrest in May, the US…

Panama to Advise on Crazy Project in Istanbul

Turkey will look to Panama for advice on its Kanal Istanbul project. The two countries signed a collaboration agreement on June 27 to capitalize on Panama’s canal-building knowledge for the construction of the Turkish canal, according to the Hurriyet Daily News. The canal, which was announced as the “crazy project” by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan during…

Martinelli’s Miami Days Are Up, Home is Calling

Former populist president and billionaire supermarket magnate Ricardo Martinelli has overstayed the 180 days allowed by his U.S. tourist visa. His lawyers filed the petition for political asylum with immigration services, but the U.S. Embassy in Panama has recommended denying the request, stating that Martinelli does not meet the requirements and should return to Panama to face…