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MICI Inspecting Bars in Panama City To Ensure Compliance With The Law

Nightlife, Bars, and PartyingThe Ministry of Trade and Industry conducted inspections of 125 businesses that sell alcoholic beverages in the capital city, to ensure they are complying with requirements.

Law 2 of 5 February 2013 establishes fines for violating the law can reach as high as $50,000.

The Director of Commerce and Industry, Virgilio Sousa said on RPC Radio that some businesses insist on failing to comply with the law, and they open supposedly as a BBQ but they end up as bars and cantinas.

"We are calling on those businesses that have generated their notices of operation in an irregular or fraudulent manner, so they can manage their business premises as is stated in the law," said Sousa.

Sousa said they have seen a proliferation in these kinds of businesses such as bars and taverns, that have been done irregularly and in an illegal manner, that are creating constant squabbles and scandals that undermine morals.

Sousa said the Comptroller General of the Republic approved a final rule that will set new levels for performance bonds.

"This is not something new, it dates back to 2007 with what was created by law. What happened is that the Comptroller never issued the regulations to put the new law into effect, and now coinciding with the passage of the new Law 2 of 5 February 2013, which allows the Ministry of Commerce and Industry to apply this bond to those businesses who do not comply with the measures as established by law, and later they can restart their business."

Sousa also called on the Ministry of Health to accompany them on these operations. (Panama America)

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