"Expectations" Over Selection Of New Panama Canal Administrator
Monday, January 09 2012 @ 04:17 PM EST
Contributed by: Don Winner
Editor's Comment: The Administrator of the Panama Canal is a position which comes with tremendous responsibility. The Panama Canal Authority sees gross income of more than $3 billion dollars per year, and about two thirds of that is spend on manpower, maintenance, and the logistics required to keep the canal operating. Add on top of that the ongoing project to expand the Panama Canal (with a budget of $5.25 billion dollars). So yeah, of course president Martinelli is going to get involved in the selection of Alberto Alemán Zubieta's successor. And of course, his political opponents will squeak about it. This might turn into a fight because one of Martinelli's appointments - Marco Ameglio - is a Panameñista. And there are still three other Panameñistas who were appointed by Mireya Moscoso. But consider this - Alberto Alemán Zubieta has basically been running the Panama Canal since 1996 - for the past 15 years. He's been doing a good job. It might be wise to just change his name to "Hoover" and leave him right where he is. But I have no idea what the relationship is like between Martinelli and Alberto Alemán Zubieta. If they've knocked heads behind closed doors, he's gone.