The first Ambassador of the European Union (EU) in Panama, Chris Leo Clark Hoornaert, presented today copies of his credentials to the Panamanian Vice Chancellor, Luis Miguel Hincapie, with this, the regional bloc raises its representation level in the country, said an official source today.
By raising its representation level in Panama, the European Union "shows interest in a close and collaborative relationship," the Panamanian Foreign Ministry said in a public statement.
Similarly, "strong bilateral ties are confirmed based on a comprehensive agenda, with commercial alliances, security, and development cooperation."
To that end, according to official information, the Panamanian Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Isabel De Saint Malo, and the Executive Director of External Action Service for the Americas, Edita Hrda, signed an agreement last November in the framework of the XXVI Ibero-American Summit of Heads of State and Government, in Antigua, Guatemala.
The agreement strengthens the strategic alliance between Panama and the EU to promote the achievement of the Sustainable Development Agenda in Latin America.
This, under the Memorandum of Understanding on international cooperation and development of projects that supports the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the region.
The Panamanian Foreign Ministry highlighted that the EU has recognized Panama's commitment to the SDGs, as well as the role played by the country in the region
He recalled that Panama and the EU maintain a strategic alliance on international cooperation and development, to initiate triangular collaboration projects that support the 2030 Agenda implementation in Panama and Latin America.
Consistent with the National Plan "Panama Coopera" and the "New European Consensus for Development," the agreement also focuses on Global assistance on priorities such as climate change, the fight against international crimes such as drug trafficking and organized crime, and humanitarian assistance according to official information.