On Monday, Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela arrived to Cuba on the official visit he had scheduled to talk with the president of that nation, Miguel Diaz-Canel, with the aim of discussing bilateral agreements focused on trade and investment between both countries.
Hoy el Pdte. @JC_Varela, inaugurará el Pabellón de Panamá en la Feria Internacional de La Habana, donde estarán presentes más de 25 empresas panameñas, promoviendo las ventajas y servicios que ofrece nuestro país. #PanamáCuba pic.twitter.com/91vatEwnxw— Presidencia Panamá (@PresidenciaPma) 30 de octubre de 2018
Varela’s recent commercial policy attends to an expansion with different nations in search of expanding the horizons of Panama, with China among the main allies and now, Cuba, country with which an environmental cooperation agreement was also recently signed that pursues the sustainable use of natural resources and the conservation
In a day that began with the official reception of the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cuba, Rogelio Sierra, President Varela manages an agenda that highlights a tribute to José Martí in the Plaza de la Revolución, visit the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, the Escuela Especial Solidaridad with panama school and
finally, attend the International Havana Fair.
El Presidente de la República, @JC_Varela se reunió con el Presidente de Cuba, @DiazCanel, para repasar el actual estado de las relaciones bilaterales y potenciar temas comerciales y de turismo. #PanamáCuba pic.twitter.com/nElX2Wb1mG— SCE (@SeCPanama) 30 de octubre de 2018
This visit will be extended until next Wednesday, so in addition to the protocol and diplomatic activities, both Varela and Diaz-Canel will meet to discuss mainly commercial issues thanks to the good numbers presented in 2017, which with more than 400 million dollars Regarding re-export, it provided an important commercial and economic activity to the Colon Free Zone (ZLC).
These figures and the projected increase for 2018, promoted the creation of the Tourism Card that was just announced, which will allow Cubans to enter Panama with a lapse of 30 days to make purchases, which responds to the approval of Varela regarding the economic reopening of the island with the region.
Embajador de Panamá en Cuba se refiere a visita oficial del Presidente @JC_Varela a Cuba, donde le acompaña el Vicecanciller @LMHincapie y el Viceministro del @MICIPMA @EdPalace #PanamáCuba 🇵🇦 🇨🇺 pic.twitter.com/6jIt6Qq0pa— Cancillería Panamá (@CancilleriaPma) 29 de octubre de 2018
For this trip, the Minister of Social Development, Alcibíades Vásquez, the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Luis Miguel Hincapié, the Deputy Minister of Commerce and Industries, Eduardo Palacios, and the Ambassador of Panama in Cuba, Max López Cornejo, accompanied the Panamanian president.