Panamanian president Juan Carlos Varela announced that on November 14 he will travel to China to meet the first official visit of a Panamanian head of state to the Asian giant in order to sign trade integration and bilateral cultural agreements.
"There are already enough consensual agreements and closed for signature by the competent authorities in Beijing on November 17 that will bring air connectivity, a greater presence of companies in the country, greater tourism, cultural, and educational connectivity," said Varela this Friday to journalists.
Accoding to EFE, the Panamanian president, who established ties with China in June to the detriment of Taiwan, said he will depart on Tuesday 14 to the Asian country, jointly with an official delegation of 5 ministers and a business delegation invited by the Panamanian Ministry of Commerce and Industries (MICI).
"Important events will be held in China; very punctual events that will bring the private sector closer, which will promote Panama touristically." All this will be done in the first visit of a Panamanian president to China and based on the new relations," he said.
China is the second largest user of the Panama Canal, where 6% of world trade passes through, and it is the first supplier of the Colon Free Zone (CFZ), the largest in the hemisphere located in the Panamanian Caribbean.
The Chinese Foreign Affairs Ministry has already announced that the official visit of President Varela will take place between November 16 and 22.
Varela will make the visit at the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping, who will hold a welcoming ceremony for the Panamanian leader, with whom he will talk and attend the agreement signing ceremony, said the spokeswoman of the Chinese Foreign Affairs Ministry, Hua Chunying.
Varela is also scheduled to meet with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing and travel to Shanghai, the economic capital of the Asian giant, said the Chinese spokeswoman.