Torrijos to meet with Bush in Sept Official Visit
Sunday, August 31 2008 @ 10:44 AM EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
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.