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Torrijos to meet with Bush in Sept Official Visit

Panama NewsMaritime Global Net - Washington, D.C., USA, August 28, 2008: As part of an official visit to promote business and investment opportunities in Panama, President Martín Torrijos will travel to Washington, D.C. on a two-day official visit and will meet with U.S. President George W. Bush on September 17th. He will also meet with key administration officials and members of Congress. President Torrijos and President Bush will discuss the pending U.S.-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement, expanding free trade and democracy throughout the region, enhancing security cooperation, and strengthening cooperation in international fora. The meeting marks the fifth time that the two leaders have met since President Torrijos took office in September 2004, and underscores the ongoing deep friendship and cooperation between the United States and Panama. (more)

President Torrijos will be accompanied by First Vice-President and Minister of Foreign Affairs Samuel Lewis Navarro, Panama’s Minister of Commerce and Industry, Carmen Gisela Vergara and Panama Canal Administrator/CEO Alberto Alemán Zubieta. In addition to his meeting with President Bush, President Torrijos will hold bipartisan meetings with members of the House and the Senate on Capitol Hill.

President Torrijos will also be the featured speaker of the Panama Forum 2008, a Washington business conference co-hosted by the Embassy of Panama together with the Panama Chamber of Commerce. The conference entitled “Panama: Where Global Routes Intersect and Businesses Connect,” brings together top decision-makers and private sector executives from the United States and Panama to strengthen cross-border dialogue and discuss bilateral investment opportunities.

With one of the fastest growing economies in the Americas, a booming real estate sector, strong foreign investment and the historic expansion of the Panama Canal, the Panama Forum 2008 takes a closer look at the economic factors driving one of the most dynamic economies in Latin America today.

Buoyed by a strong, sophisticated services industry and a multimodal maritime and logistical transportation hub, Panama has taken advantage of global trade flows, recording an average annual GDP growth rate of 8.6 percent over the past four years and is now positioning itself as a “gateway to the Americas” and beyond.

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