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Construction Of Third Bridge Over Panama Canal in Colon Will Start in October 2012

Canal Expansion
Alberto Alemán Zubieta - Administrator of the Panama Canal
Alberto Alemán Zubieta - Administrator of the Panama Canal
The Administrator of the Panama Canal Authority, Alberto Alemán Zubieta, testified today before the National Assembly to give a report about his tenure as the manager of the Panama Canal. Appearing before the Infrastructure Commission in the Blue Room of the legislative building, Alemán Zubieta asked for a bidding process to be conducted to build a one kilometer long bridge over the Panama Canal in Colon, to benefit the communities located in the Western sector of the province of Colon, whose only means of access to the province is currently through the Gatun locks. Alemán Zubieta estimated that construction of the bridge would start in the month of October 2012, after it is determined which of the three companies that are interested in bidding will be the one to build the vital road link.

He also said the conflicts that arose which caused the work stoppage by the workers of the Panama Canal expansion project have been resolved. Alemán Zubieta said on RPC Radio that these conflicts were due to the withholding of taxes that "apparently were not made when the workforce was adjusted, so therefore the Ministry of Economy and Finance was seeking the appropriate adjustments, and there were many complaints from the workers about this issue."

Finally Alberto Alemán Zubieta, who is in his final months as Manager of the Panama Canal until Jorge Quijano takes his office on 4 September 2012, said the delays caused by the rejection of concrete that had occurred in the Panama Canal expansion project, have been recovered. (Panama America)

Editor's Comment: Wow. That's amazing. Just fifteen days ago, on 12 March 2012, Alberto Alemán Zubieta said the project to expand the Panama Canal would be delayed by at least seven months. And today he said those delays have been made up? I'm sorry, but that's bullshit. It's a massive "open secret" in Panama - absolutely everyone knows that the Panama Canal expansion project is woefully behind schedule (truth and fact). However what's also true and factual is that absolutely no one will talk about it. Not the company. Not the government. Nobody. For political reasons the truth about the delays are going to be covered up. My sources continue to tell me the delays keep piling up, and meanwhile everyone is trying to put on a happy face in public. I expect the "truth" will be suppressed until at least after the elections in May 2014. Well, it would probably be more accurate to say they will try or intend to hide the delays, and I expect the opposition politicians from the PRD and Panameñistas might use it to their advantage, making allegations of mismanagement, cost overruns, etc.

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