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Is The US Embassy Doing A Good Job?

1/2: How good of a job is the US Embassy doing at informing you about the aid programs they sponsor and support in Panama?

Excellent 24 (5.30%)
Good 35 (7.73%)
Fair 35 (7.73%)
Poor 154 (34.00%)
Failure 205 (45.25%)

2/2: Should the US Embassy increase their efforts to inform the English speaking community of expats in Panama?

Yes 413 (91.17%)
No 40 (8.83%)
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Is The US Embassy Doing A Good Job?
Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, November 13 2011 @ 02:31 PM UTC

Many of us ex-pats are involved in doing charitable acts, programs or what ever you want to call them for the people of Panama in the areas we live in, and we are very vocal about what we are doing. We might have a language problem, but when we do something for the people they know about it and are there to take part of and help. The American Embassy to date has done nothing for me except to look at my driver's license and say yes it is real and charge me $35. So are they doing a good job? For me the answer is a resounding NO.

Is The US Embassy Doing A Good Job?
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, January 05 2012 @ 12:47 AM UTC

I'm surprised you have to ask. Their "services" are over-priced, their security theater is way off-Broadway, and they don't even provide parking for citizen "customers". Citizens' Service Section is closed more than it is open. I'm not sure who the US Embassy is here to serve, but it's damn sure not US citizens living here.

Is The US Embassy Doing A Good Job?
Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, February 27 2012 @ 03:20 AM UTC

well, i was in the embassy a few times and didnt see any american employees until somebody like out of a secret back office came to the bullet proof window assisted me where it says ring bell for assistance, I wasnt expecting hilary clinton. Then when I was getting something notarized the embassy person at the window told me we do not provide witness signatures and I need two, so rather than transport two other people to he embassy and back again I just asked two of the hundred people sitting in the visa bingo area and that worked. My passport was in bad condition and the scanners at the airport werent picking up the bar code and the embassy employee also asked me why I was getting a new passport andI answered " look at the condition of mine" I
guess that was enough.

Then In bocas del toro the corrupt government was trying to hijack money from me via the police and the engineer and I called the embassy and the consul was interested and asked me if I feared for my life and told me panama is a sovereign nation and if I was arrested they would send somebody after christmas to visit me. I requested a drone strike but that just solicited a laugh.
I think the embassy is too distant in listening and communicating with its citizens, and the no parking spaces on the grounds is another problem.
Another time

Is The US Embassy Doing A Good Job?
Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, April 11 2012 @ 02:06 PM UTC

I believe that the fee's charged especially for notary are extremely high. I will say, that the Citizens unit was of
great assistance to me on one occaison in coordinating paperwork for a specific agency. As far as outreach to Expats, I do not see it at all. A notice they issued once that would apply to my family, was seen only because I read this guide. WHile its important for the Embassy to network and have good Public Relations with Panama and its citizens, it is equally as important to do the same with its U:S citizens who are a blended part of the Panamanian communities. It only serves to foster good will. I sometimes wonder if they despise Expats, simply because we chose to live outside the United States. Because we live here, does not mean we do not love America.