The authorities of Panama and the World Bank today launch the Support Project for the Implementation of the Plan for the Integral Development of Indigenous Peoples of the Central American country.
The official ceremony announced the presence of the vice president and foreign minister of Panama, Isabel De Saint Malo, and the vice president of the World Bank for Latin America and the Caribbean, Jorge Familiar, as well as other national and indigenous authorities.
The event includes a panel entitled "Challenges and Opportunities of the Indigenous Peoples of Panama," in which the Deputy Resident Representative of the UNDP in Panama, Benigno Rodríguez, will speak; the director for Central America of the World Bank, Seynabou Sakho; Cacique General Guna Yala, Maximiliano Ferrer; and the Minister of Government, Carlos Rubio.
In Panama there are about 400,000 indigenous people who represent around 11 percent of the total population and are grouped into 7 main ethnic groups.
The situation of the indigenous people is precarious: poverty affects 96.7 percent of the people and chronic malnutrition affects 72 percent of the children under the age of five, according to the latest official survey.