INADEH Training Panamanians To Fill Panama Canal Expansion Jobs
Monday, May 31 2010 @ 11:59 am EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
Editor's Comment: There's a huge difference between some dude who just graduated from a government sponsored eight week course in welding or whatever, and someone who has thirty years of experience. I understand that these jobs are being created here in Panama, and there is both a need and a desire to fill these positions with Panamanian labor. The unemployment rate continues to fall, the birth rate remains relatively stable, but yet the economy is expanding by leaps and bounds. Strategically speaking, that translates into a labor shortage in the mid-term. I suspect Panama will eventually start handing out short-term "labor visas" or something like that, to allow foreign workers to come to Panama specifically to work on the expansion of the Panama Canal. However "built by the lowest bidder, using rookie labor" is not exactly the picture the ACP wants to paint, I'm sure.