- Sebastian Piñera, Presidente de Chile - EFE
Chilean President Sebastián Piñera landed today in Panama from Costa Rica for a 24-hour official visit, which includes a meeting with his Panamanian counterpart, Juan Carlos Varela, and a travel through the interoceanic canal, of which Chile is an important client.
The Chilean president was received at the Tocumen International Airport, the country's main airport, by the Panamanian vice chancellor, Luis Miguel Hincapié, and he moved to the presidential palace to hold a meeting with Varela.
The governors are expected to offer a public appearance at the end of their meeting, which will also include the Panamanian vice-president and chancellor, Isabel de Saint Malo.
De Saint Malo said last week that among the issues that will address both leaders are tourism, security, logistics and trade.
Piñera will make a transit through the Panama Canal on board the Chilean school ship Esmeralda on Tuesday and will visit the new Cocolí locks, inaugurated two years ago and located on the Pacific side.
Chile is the third user and the first Latin American customer of the interoceanic route, through which passes about 6 percent of world trade.
Panama is also the main destination for Chilean exports in Central America and in 2016 it was one of the 10 countries to which the South American nation sold the most products.
That year Chile exported to Panama a total of 152 million dollars, of which 60 percent were manufactured, according to figures from the Chilean embassy.
The Panamanian president made an official visit in April of last year to Chile, when that country was still ruled by the president Michelle Bachelet.