The Government of Panama reported today that the country was excluded by the United States from a list of "countries in which it believes sugarcane is produced using child labor".
"The US Department of Labor determined that child labor in sugarcane production in Panama has been significantly reduced, and the available evidence supports the elimination of child labor in production of the TVPRA List," said an official statement.
In that statement, the Ministry of Labor of Panama said it was informed of the decision by the US Embassy "through a document, explaining the leadership of our country to significantly reduce child labor in sugarcane plantations".
"We appreciate the support of the Ministry of Labor for this study and we applaud your government for the many efforts it has made to combat child labor in sugarcane plantations and throughout Panama, highlights the document of the US Embassy", said the Panamanian Ministry of Labor.
According to the latest survey conducted by the National Institute of Statistics and Census (INEC), in 2016 there were 23,855 working children in Panama, almost 12% less than those registered in 2014.