The President of the Republic, Juan Carlos Varela, will begin an official visit to China, from November 16 to 22, as part of the bilateral agenda after the establishment of diplomatic relations between Panama and the Asian giant last June. It is expected that 15 staff members will accompany the National Head of State.
“Besides there is a business delegation accompanying us, yet they are paying their expenses,” Varela pointed out whom also spoke up to the criticism questioning the volume of the delegation “I think this questioning the trips and not see the achievements is a national sport issue. Each trip of mine has an objective and the country will see in a few years that it is a mass transportation system, from Panama to David (Chiriqui), which will change how this country moves and many other energy issues. A lot of Chinese companies are coming to our country.”
The vice president and chancellor, Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado, was satisfied “of the groundwork of these five months, of what we have been able to advance and what we have been able to prepare for President Varela’s visit that marks a historic milestone in the establishment of relations with a country that evidently is a world power”.
Staff members on the trip to China
According to the information issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, these are the staff members who will accompany the President of the Republic, Juan Carlos Varela, in addition to the first lady, Lorena Castillo de Varela: the Vice President and Chancellor Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado; the Ministers of Economy and Finance, Trade and Industry, Security, Tourism, Canal Affairs and the Maritime Authority of Panama. likewise the Director of the Security Council, Rolando López, the Director of PROINVEX, Alberto Alemán, the Secretary of Goals, Jorge González, the General Manager of ETESA, Gilberto Ferrari; Diego Vallarino of the Board of Directors of the National Bank; the advisor Taher Yaafar; and the Panamanian Deputies José Luis Varela and Melitón Arrocha will be present.
The inauguration of Panama’s first consulate in China is scheduled for November 20 in the city of Shanghai.
The Panamanian lawyer, Sidney Sittón, assured that the president, Juan Carlos Varela, has established relations with China with the intention of guaranteeing his future after the end of his term “physically safeguarding not only him as a person but also his assets. That’s why he kicked out Taiwan and made the recognition of China.”