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EDC facilitates Canadian participation in major Panama projects, including Canal expansion

Canal Expansion (Source) PANAMA CITY, PANAMA, Sept. 25 /CNW Telbec/ - Export Development Canada (EDC) and the Republic of Panama today signed a Memorandum of nderstanding (MOU) to facilitate Canadian participation in the future expansion of the Panama Canal and other large-scale projects in that country. The MOU assists EDC in planning a multi-million dollar credit facility with Panama that will facilitate the purchase of Canadian goods and services for Panama's infrastructure development. Key among these projects is the planned expansion and modernization of the Panama Canal, representing one of the world's largest infrastructure projects at an estimated cost of more than USD 5 billion. "EDC will help Panama finance projects that contribute to the social, environmental and economic fabric of the country," said Robert Forbes, Vice-President of EDC's International Business Development Group, who today signed the MOU with Samuel Lewis Navarro, First Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Panama, Carlos Vallarino, Minister of Economics and Finance of the Republic of Panama and Romy Vasquez, Panama's Ambassador to Canada. "Our participation will increase opportunities for Canadian exporters and investors in Panamanian transactions in areas such as water management, natural resources, transportation, energy and information technology." (more)

EDC will work with Canadian companies and the Panamanian government to identify projects of mutual interest and offer financing. EDC acts as a direct lender in government-sponsored projects or works in partnership with other export credit agencies or financial institutions. EDC also offers finance and insurance solutions for Canadian investors and exporters working with the private sector in Panama.

Canadian companies have developed world-class capabilities in many industry sectors, including infrastructure, power, oil and gas, mining, information technology, environmental technologies and skills training. Most recently, several Canadian companies have invested in mining and engineering projects in Panama.

EDC is Canada's export credit agency, offering innovative commercial solutions to help Canadian exporters and investors expand their international business. EDC's knowledge and partnerships are used by 7,000 Canadian companies and their global customers in up to 200 markets worldwide each year. EDC is financially self-sustaining and is a recognized leader in financial reporting, economic analysis and human resource management.

For further information: Media contact: Phil Taylor, Public Affairs, Export Development Canada, (613) 598-2904, ptaylor@edc.ca

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