- Panamá Today
Education, social security, and health, strengthen the economic model and rescue institutionalism should be on the agenda of the one who wins the elections next May in Panama, said on Sunday the business leaders.
The president of Commerce, Industries, and Agriculture Panama's Chamber (CCIYAP), Gabriel Barletta, referred in a statement to the "deep problems" this country has yet to resolve with basic actions, not cosmetic, on the part of the person who wins the Presidency in the general elections.
Seven candidates, four from political parties and three independents, intend to govern from 2019 to 2024 the Central American country, which according to the international financial organizations is coming out of the economic slowdown of the last five years and is estimated to grow 6.3 percent this year.
"For electorate favors seekers is their turn to present their campaign offers, based on concrete plans, which focus on a social agenda with sustainable solutions over time and not alleviating problems as deep as education, social security, and health, to name a few," says Barletta.
He considers that they should propose "policies that leverage Panama's economic growth in a higher order than the current one, which would create new jobs and boost the export capacity of the national product."
"In this sense, these plans must ensure the recovery of an institutional framework that, while promoting our international competitiveness, encourages structural corrections that facilitate social equity as a basis for our development," he says.
Barletta announced that at the end of January the Chamber will give each of the presidential candidates their "Country Agenda," pretending to "enrich the contents of their corresponding work programs."
From his perspective, he rises "the issues that require an immediate solution, ignoring them, can mean an uncertain future" and reiterates the commitment of the private industry to collaborate with the next administration."
The CCIYAP recalls that, in coordination with the Electoral Court, it will organize on April 10 the second presidential debate in order to help citizens exercise their right to "informed suffrage."
In addition, it asks the government to "contribute to the development of an electoral process defined by its independence in the electoral game, transparency, and tranquility.”
Barletta urges Panamanians "to unite around the recognized institutionalism, independence and credibility of the Electoral Court, with the confidence that it will again keep up to its previous performances, to take us to the consolidation of democracy that we deserve."
The presidential candidates are the official Jose Blandon (Panameñista Party and Popular Party ), the opponents Romulo Roux (Democratic Change and Alliance Party), Laurentino Cortizo (Democratic Revolutionary Party and Nationalist Republican Liberal Movement) and Saul Mendez (Broad Front for Democracy).
Those of free application, which wait for ratification on January 24 after presenting their campaign expenses reports, are the deputy and former general prosecutor Ana Matilde Gomez, the lawyer Ricardo Lombana and the administrator and businessman Marco Ameglio, former panameñista deputy and ex-member of the Board of Directors of the Panama Canal.