Mayor’s Office Shopping for Stun Guns

The Panama City Mayor’s Office would like to purchase 100 electroshock weapons for its municipal watchmen. With a budget of $199,000, each gun must have a laser and an high-density built-in light, and the company that wins the bid must provide training to 300 security guards. Panama Shooters, Taser and Creaciones Pitty are participating in the tender.

Metro ATMs Are Coming

As of December, all 14 of Panama City’s metro stations will have automated teller machines. There will be a total of 24 machines representing Banco General, Banistmo and BAC, servicing over 240,000 passengers. Each bank will be responsible for maintenance of their ATMs and make a monthly payment to the Metro for use of the…

$4 Billion Destroyer Towed in Panama

The USS Zumwalt, the most expensive destroyer ever built for the US navy, was towed to the former Rodman naval station in Panama following an engineering problem on Monday. The $4.4 billion ship was on its way to its new homeport of San Diego when it lost propulsion in the Panama Canal, hitting the lock walls and causing minor…

Black Friday Will Move to September

Starting next year, Panama will celebrate Black Friday on September 15th instead of the traditional day after Thanksgiving. Nadkyi Duque, the president of the Association of Shopping Centers, which includes the country’s 11 biggest malls, explains that the change was made in order to avoid competition with Black Friday in the United States, coordinate promotions with airlines…

Over 1.2 Million Vehicles in the Country

There are 1,221,999 registered vehicles in Panama, according to recent Transit and Ground Transportion Authority figures. Of those, 925,145 vehicles or 75% are registered in the provinces of Panama and West Panama, followed by 9.75 percent in Chiriqui and 3.82 percent in Colon. Home to approximately half of a total population of an estimated 4 million, the traffic-congested Panama and Panama West therefore register almost…

2016 Panama Meat Production Report

Pork and chicken production in Panama has increased since last year, but livestock production is down. During the first nine months of 2016, 384,895 pigs were slaughtered, which is 8.6 percent or 30,507 more than in the same period of 2015. Nearly all pork production in Panama comes from technological farms – mostly in Las Tablas,…