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Panama's Tourism Authority Paid $1 Million For A Website

Corruption Panamanian taxpayers paid more than $1 million over the past two years for the design and management of the website visitpanama.com which is owned and operated by the Tourism Authority of Panama (ATP).

In 2012, the administrator of the Tourism Authority of Panama (ATP), Solomon Shamah, awarded a direct contract to the company Pensanómica SA for $715,920 (2012), which included the payment of $447,000 for the website, and an additional $268,000 to bring foreign journalists into the country.

In 2013 Shamah once again rehired the same company directly through a contract worth $882,998 paying $600,000 for the website and another $282,000 to bring international media to Panama.

The President of Pensanómica S.A. is Adolfo Fabrega, the former manager of the Secretary of Information Security of the Presidency, who is also the brother of the Secretary for Social Affairs of the Presidency, Dayra Fabrega. (Prensa)

Editor's Comment: There's no doubt about it - this administration of Ricardo Martinelli has stolen through graft and corruption millions upon millions of dollars. The Tourism director Solomon Shamah has already survived several corruption scandals that should have resulted in his removal from office - like the fact that the government of the United States yanked his visa due to allegations of ties to drug traffickers and money laundering. Of course he can still travel to the United States on his official government ticket, but once he's no longer working for the government he won't be able to visit Disney Land as a tourist - a normally crippling flaw for the nation's highest ranking tourism frontman. And remember the former Human Rights Ombudsman Patria Portugal was recently removed from office due to her excessive spending on things like websites. Maybe things will be different for Shamah this time around, as the elections of May 2013 are now starting to loom larger in the minds of the fickle Panamanian voters. Martinelli and his gang of corrupt politicians want to keep sucking at the tit, while the (just as corrupt if not worse) PRD and to oust them and return to office. Screw it - all Panamanian politicians are flat out corrupt. You might as well vote for the guy with the best haircut, because they are all crooks...

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Panama\'s Tourism Authority Paid $1 Million For A Website
Authored by: ChiefEngineer on Monday, August 19 2013 @ 02:11 pm EDT

Well, is it not how it always is, vote tor the least worst, corrupt, evil? Of course. Poople need to see ALL government as a necessary evil, and therefore keep it within a tight restriction. Vote for the government that will do the least harm, and steal less.

Panama\'s Tourism Authority Paid $1 Million For A Website
Authored by: Robert on Wednesday, August 21 2013 @ 11:39 am EDT

I would like to see more " editors comments " on more of the stories,