Wednesday, September 14 2011 @ 11:27 AM EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
Editor's Comment: During the administration of Martin Torrijos (2004 - 2009) there was a big interest for awhile in building a refinery in Panama. At one point there were no less than seven different projects in different phases of development. All of them folded their tents and left. The corrupt government officials were trying to charge the businessmen tens of thousands of dollars, for nothing more than to schedule meetings with low level government officials. All of them said "screw this, the government of Panama is too corrupt to deal with" and they left. The oil is there, a fact which has been known for a very long time. What remains to be seen is if the government (of the day) has the political will to put through a win-win deal and make it a reality. Very cheap gas in Panama would be great, someday. And by the way, Ricardo Quijano stepped up to take over the MICI, after Roberto Henriquez stepped up to take over the Foreign Ministry, after Ricardo Martinelli fired Vice President Juan Carlos Varela from that post. Follow?