Government Will Spend $800 Million on Infrastructure Upgrades In Panama's Interior
Sunday, February 28 2010 @ 02:21 PM UTC
Contributed by: Don Winner
Angel Gonzalez Diaz, the Secretary General of the Bocas del Toro Alliance, said they are not against progress, but they are against projects that would destroy the natural resources of the province and negatively affect the development of tourism. "It is not true that all roads are good for the province, there are projects that we consider harmful to the region," he said. Diaz emphasized the projects should be consulted with the people who live in the region, and decisions should not be taken in Panama City without knowing what the people and the organizations who live there want. "In Panama things are always imposed upon us, and it is very important to consult with the locals," he said. Without hiding his anger said, "I do not know where they got the idea that we need so many roads, but they should fix the roads that already exist and stop creating more conflicts over the lands of protected areas. What we need is that the existing roads are of good quality." He added that "the Government should not further impact the area of the archipelago, but they should conduct some projects in Almirante to allow for more development and at the same time they should be complemented with projects in Bocas del Toro and Changuinola in the development of the whole province. For example, he cited one idea from the Bocas del Toro Alliance is that, instead of fixing the airport on Isla Colon, the government should construct a larger airport in the area of Almirante where there is much more space than on the island, and in this way it would help the region emerge from the economic depression currently affecting the area, he concluded.
Meanwhile, Nereida Moscoso, a private sector representative in Pedasi, said that for the moment the roads in the region are sufficient, but water treatment is urgently needed because there are several multi million dollar projects under construction in the region. (Source: Panama America)