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Panama Will Change From Pounds And Gallons To Kilos And Liters Soon

Panama NewsThe new measuring system - changing from pounds to kilos - will take effect staring in October in every supermarket in the country, said Friday the National Director of Industries and Business Development of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Ahmed Morón. The new measurement system will be implemented in all hardware stores starting in November 2012, and gas stations will switch from selling fuel in gallons to liters in April 2013. The delays are being caused by problems with suppliers and a lack of software, because one company is supplying everything, said Morón.

The official explained on the channel 2 TVN morning news broadcast that there will be a six month adjustment period. During this time traders can sell in both weights, meaning, they can express the weight in both pounds and kilos. Morón said the National Government will hold, together with the Ministry of Education, teaching campaigns in the media for people and traders understand the new measure. The official also said Panama must conform to the international measurement system, even though the United States, its senior trading partner, still handles weights internally in pounds.

According to Morón, our country belongs to international trade, and most of our exports go to Europe, where items are managed using the international measurement system. (Estrella)

Editor's Comment: I'm sorry, but it was hard for me to get past this guy's last name. I know, it's not Moron, it's Morón. But could you imagine working in the United States with a last name of Dumbass? "According to Ambassador Idiotschtick ... " or maybe "Ambassador Phukwad, tried to keep a straight face as the children danced around him ..." I mean, it just doesn't work. So great. No disrespect meant for Vice Minister Morón. I'm sure he's doing a great job, pounding home the change to kilos and liters.

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Panama Will Change From Pounds And Gallons To Kilos And Liters Soon
Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, September 16 2012 @ 09:50 AM EDT

Panama likes to follow trends. They copy everything, fashion, architecture, miami metrorail, songs and now, they want to change the weights and measurements.... pounds to kilograms and I guess, gallons to liters. Whatever happens in the world....they just follow....nothing original.....I guess that the Comarcas would be the only places having some form of originality. Don't get me wrong, progress is progress... but to complicate, adding and troubling the panamanians with new measurements is absurd...at a time that that the whole country is trying to change its dilapidated infrastructure.

Panama Will Change From Pounds And Gallons To Kilos And Liters Soon
Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, September 16 2012 @ 02:32 PM EDT

LITRE! no such thing as liter

Panama Will Change From Pounds And Gallons To Kilos And Liters Soon
Authored by: Don Winner on Monday, September 17 2012 @ 09:38 AM EDT

I love it when people jump to correct me, and they are wrong. "The spelling of the word used by the International Bureau of Weights and Measures is "litre" and this is also the usual one in most English-speaking countries, but in American English the official spelling is "liter."

So, "liter" it is - because I'm an American. So there. Americans are right again, and the rest of the world is wrong. Deal with it. Ha!

Don

Panama Will Change From Pounds And Gallons To Kilos And Liters Soon
Authored by: stantiva on Monday, September 17 2012 @ 12:28 PM EDT

Expect to see "rounding" to make the conversions easier. If gas is 4$ / gallon it will likely round to 1$ / liter (litre). Something selling for 1$ / lb will round to $2.50 / KG.

Panama Will Change From Pounds And Gallons To Kilos And Liters Soon
Authored by: Anonymous on Tuesday, September 18 2012 @ 04:58 AM EDT

ok, I will agree when I meet an american who can pronounce the word aluminium correctly.