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Ratifica dell’Accordo fiscale Italia-Panama ed altri importanti accordi internazionali

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 18 Mag 2016

panamaRoma Camera deputati. L’On. FitzGerald Nissoli, nell’Aula di Montecitorio, è intervenuta per dichiarazioni di voto favorevoli del suo Gruppo parlamentare su alcune importanti ratifiche di accordi internazionali. Nello specifico sono state approvate, dalla Camera dei Deputati, le ratifiche concernenti:
la Convenzione tra il Governo della Repubblica italiana e il Governo della Repubblica di Panama per evitare le doppie imposizioni in materia di imposte sul reddito e per prevenire le evasioni fiscali.
l’Accordo di cooperazione tra il Governo della Repubblica italiana e il Regno hascemita di Giordania in materia di lotta alla criminalità; l’Accordo quadro di partenariato e cooperazione tra l’Unione europea e i suoi Stati membri, da una parte, e la Mongolia, dall’altra; l’Accordo tra il Governo della Repubblica italiana e il Governo della Repubblica di Armenia sulla cooperazione e sulla mutua assistenza in materia doganale.
In particolare, l’On. Nissoli, per quanto concerne la Convenzione fiscale tra Italia e Panama ha sottolineato “il problema dell’evasione fiscale riveste, come è emerso anche di recente nella vicenda dei cosiddetti Panama Papers, un carattere di particolare gravità per la sua illegalità oltre che per il disvalore sociale e per la stigmatizzazione anche sul piano etico che lo contraddistinguono. Mai come in questi tempi – ha fatto notare la deputata – si è avvertito con urgenza la necessità di una fattiva collaborazione tra i Governi dei Paesi interessati al fenomeno dell’evasione fiscale nell’operare un sistematico ed organizzato scambio di informazioni di natura fiscale, e nel promuovere la trasparenza dei rispettivi ordinamenti giuridici”. Pertanto, l’on. Nissoli, annunciando il voto favorevole alla ratifica, ha evidenziato l’importanza dell’Accordo perché vi è “la previsione di uno scambio di informazioni molto ampio, che riguarda anche le informazioni detenute da una banca o da un’istituzione finanziaria, in linea con gli orientamenti internazionali che prevedono sostanzialmente la fine del segreto bancario”.

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Panamá-Cuba: Summit of shame and absurdity

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 27 aprile 2015

cubaAt the very moment of his “crowning”, the Cuban despot Raúl Castro involuntarily made visible, between the lines, that his empire and his main ideological allies, in spite of the marketing publicity that favors leftist regimes, are not able to hide their fragile clay feet.
On April 10 and 11 the 7th Summit of the Americas was held in Panamá, with the participation of 35 presidents and heads of State. This leaders meeting will be remembered as the Summit of shame and absurd, where Cuba communist regime and its present dictator were openly applauded, while 11 million Cubans go on suffering oppression and misery at the prison island. Not a word was also spoken with regards to the Venezuelan people, who suffer under the yoke of a Pro-Cuban government.
It is painfully necessary to recognize that it hardly would be possible to get so far regarding to pro-Castro ideas, without the high-ranking endorsement given by Pope Francisco to the Obama and Castro diplomatic approximation (ref. Armando Valladares, “The Obama-Francis ‘Axis’: Cuba, Sleights-of-Hand, and Confusion”, January 04, 2015; in this said article, the former Cuban politic prisoner states: “It is extremely painful to say it, but the boot with which Castro continues to crush Cubans on the island, now has a high-ranking endorsement; unfortunately, the statements, deeds and gestures of Francis favor the oppression of the Cuban people and a leftward shift in Latin America”; and Mr. Valladares concluded: “In this regard we might be faced with a pontificate marked by confusion and even chaos, with disturbing consequences for the political, social and Christian future of the Americas”).
Exiled Cubans and Venezuelan opponents made their presence in Panama and manifested their just indignation. María Corina Machado, Venezuelan opposition leader, reputed the dignitaries’ attitude as “cruel indifference” towards Cubans and Venezuelans suffering.
María Werlau, Cuban exile, Miami University professor, at the event “The other face of the coin” held at Panama city, has been adamant: “Unfortunately, this Summit serves as an unreal display for Cuban dictatorship, that not only enjoys impunity, but, what is worse, is applauded, while instills its venomous hegemony throughout the region”. Werlau classified as a “colossal shame” that the Americas’ chiefs of State accepted to participate in the “Cuban dictator crowning” and that the one who “crowns him” is President Obama, of a country, the United States, which “not long ago was the main defendant of liberty”.
Cuba regime even displaced the so called “rapid response brigade” members to Panama, who have attacked Cuban opposition members. In one of the videos broadcasted by the “El Nuevo Herald”, it could be seen the Cuban colonel Alexis Frutos Weeden attacking Cuban exiles at a Panama City square. As per “El Nuevo Herald” information, Frutos Weeden is a high Cuban intelligence officer, who has managed for decades Cuba espionage operations in several Latin America countries and, according to exile ex-officers who knew him closely, today probably is the most influent Cuban regime person acting in Venezuela.
Dictator Raúl Castro, in his “coronation” speech, that lasted for 40 insulting minutes, in spite of the 8 minutes limit for each Chief of State, remained irreducible in his “socialism perfecting” and “consolidation of the conquers” of the dreadful communist revolution projects
Symptomatically, dictator Castro, in the same phrase where recognized Brazil president Dilma Roussef regional “contribution” to the revolutionary cause, included an allusion to the “offensive against several region leftist governments” presently taking place. With this, he seemed to make clear how much the communist regime worries not only about the political and economical disasters of Venezuela and Argentina pro Castro governments, but specially about the fragility of the populist model of gigantic Brazil, that is facing strong popular resistance. So, at the very moment of his “crowning”, the Cuban dictator involuntarily made visible, even more between the lines than in the lines, that his ideological empire, including his main allies, in spite of the marketing and publicity that favor leftists regimes, cannot hide their fragile clay feet.
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Panama Suspends Construction of FMO-funded Barro Blanco hydroelectric dam over environmental and human rights abuses

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 13 febbraio 2015

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAKiad, Panama/Amsterdam. Following years of community protest, the Government of Panama temporarily suspended the construction of the Barro Blanco dam. The decision was publicly announced by Panama’s Environmental Agency, ANAM, Monday. The indigenous communities whose land would be flooded by the dam had demanded the suspension for years. Although the decision comes when the dam’s construction is near to completion, the Movimiento 10 de abril (M-10) is satisfied that steps are finally being taken to address their concerns.“We have been intimidated and some of our members were even sued in court, but we have always persisted in claiming our right to be consulted on projects in our territory,” said Manolo Miranda, representing the M-10. Since the new government took to power in 2014, there has been increased recognition of the communities’ grievances, finally leading to this ground-breaking decision.The Barro Blanco dam, once completed, is expected to flood homes, schools, religious, archaeological, and cultural sites in the Ngöbe-Buglé comarca (indigenous traditional territory). The project will require part of the indigenous Ngöbe communities currently living on the shores of the river to leave their land to which they have strong cultural ties.ANAM finally decided to suspend construction after finding the project to be out of compliance with its environmental impact assessment (EIA). The breaches include, among other things: the lack of agreement with the affected communities, absence of an approved archaeological management plan, repeated failures to manage sedimentation and erosion, poor management of solid and hazardous waste, and logging without permission.Two Dutch and German development banks, FMO and DEG respectively, have each invested USD 25 million in this project. They invested in this controversial dam despite the fact that local communities and civil society had raised concerns about the project with them. After critical reports by the UN Development Programme and the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the current suspension is yet another very strong signal that FMO and DEG largely underestimated the adverse human rights and environmental impacts of the project.“FMO and DEG never came to the affected area to see whether the project complied with their policies and national laws,” explained Manolo Miranda. This news comes at the same time FMO and DEG’s Independent Complaints Mechanism (ICM) is investigating a complaint filed by local groups including the M-10, with support from Both ENDS and SOMO. The ICM’s compliance report is expected to be published in mid-March.“FMO and DEG should respond publicly to the report. If the ICM finds that FMO and DEG failed to comply with their own policies, they must identify how to bring the project back into compliance with its policies or divest from the project completely.” said Anouk Franck, a senior policy advisor at Both ENDS.
“The FMO asserts that when it finances projects, it has leverage to improve their clients’ environmental and social performance,” said Kris Genovese, a senior researcher at SOMO. “FMO has failed to do so in the course of this project and more so, failed to assess the extent to which the affected community was left out of decision-making.” “We repeat our request to FMO to use its leverage to ensure that the human rights of the Ngöbe are finally respected. Free prior and informed consent is the bottom line. The failure to ensure FPIC in this project has led to unnecessary conflict. I hope FMO will learn that in future projects it needs to deal with human rights from the start,” said Anouk Franck.

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Expert Meeting Discusses Testing of Oxitec Transgenic Mosquitoes in Panama

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 23 Mag 2012

Panama City Panama,(PRNewswire) International scientific and government experts held a forum on 16 May 2012 to discuss the potential use of Oxitec’s genetically modified Aedes aegypti mosquitoes as a tool to combat Dengue Fever in Panama. The independent forum was co-organised by the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI), The Gorgas Memorial Institute for Health Studies and the University of Panama. This brought together national and regional experts from these institutes as well as the Pan American Health Organisation, Panama’s Ministry of Health and Oxitec. It was held in order to bring all parties together and address issues raised by pressure groups in a closed meeting in March. These groups were invited to participate in the Smithsonian forum but did not attend.The Gorgas Memorial Institute for Health Studies (GMI) is a medical research institution that, for more than 80 years, has been dedicated to investigating diseases in the tropics and preventive medicine. The Institute is named after Dr. William Crawford Gorgas, who is credited with eradicating yellow fever in Panama, a disease spread by the same mosquito, Aedes aegypti, that now spreads Dengue Fever. As a pioneer in disease prevention GMI is seeking to evaluate Oxitec’s approach to combat the dengue mosquito in Panama. The Gorgas initiative was publicised last year in an open forum attended by the Health Minister Dr. Franklin Vergara. The Smithsonian conference was the latest in a series of events, which has also included TV and newspaper coverage and community meetings, designed to engage and inform the public, media and officials in Panama about Oxitec’s solution.At the forum Dr Luke Alphey, Oxitec’s Chief Scientific Officer, explained how Oxitec’s genetically modified Dengue mosquito can offer an effective, sustainable approach to controlling the Dengue mosquito in Panama.
Dengue Fever is a growing global health challenge, infecting between 50-100 million people every year. The incidence and severity of this disease has increased steadily in the Americas and the Caribbean during recent years. During 2011, Panama registered 3,882 Dengue cases which resulted in 16 deaths and large expenses for the public health sector.

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U.S. Trade Priorities in Sync with USGC Strategic Plan

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 10 febbraio 2012

Strategic thinking will be a major theme at the U.S. Grains Council’s upcoming meeting (Feb. 13-15) in Panama, a hub for international trade and commerce. As a featured speaker at the Council’s general session, Christian Foster, deputy administrator for the Office of Trade Programs at USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), will offer new insight with his presentation on “Strategic Priorities for U.S. Trade Leadership.”“Christian Foster’s comments will provide an important additional dimension for our discussions, especially as Council members begin the process of applying our updated strategic plan to the challenges facing U.S. exports,” said Tom Sleight, USGC vice president of operations and membership. Foster will draw on an exceptionally rich background in trade, having served early in his career as Bell Atlantic Corporation’s director of business development in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. He served later as an economist for the Defense Intelligence Agency before transferring to USDA’s Economic Research Service.
In 1999, he became chief of the FAS Trade and Investment Program Branch. From 2002 until he assumed his present position, Foster was assistant deputy administrator for the Office of Capacity Building, where he focused on helping fragile and transitional economies transform into viable two-way trading markets for food and agricultural products.

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Panama Spotlight: Agenda Features Top Canal Expert

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 4 febbraio 2012

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As the CEO of the Panama Canal Authority (ACP), Alberto Alemán Zubieta will share his expertise on the Canal’s current operations and future expansionist plans on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at the U.S. Grains Council’s upcoming 9th International Marketing Conference and 52nd Annual Membership Meeting in Panama.“No one else has his depth of experience on this topic,” praised Kurt Shultz, USGC regional director. “We are very excited about this opportunity for Council members and attendees to see his presentation.”Under his leadership, the ACP has been proactive in transforming the Canal into a world leader in maritime industry service, making it a cornerstone of global transportation and a model of excellence.
A graduate of Texas A&M University’s Civil Engineering Program, Sr. Zubieta served as head of one of Panama’s largest construction companies before being appointed as administrator of the Panama Canal Commission, the U.S. agency then responsible for overseeing the Canal.In 1998, he was named administrator of the Panama Canal Authority and served the Commission and the ACP concurrently for two years, assuring continuity in Canal management when control transitioned from the United States to the Republic of Panama. Sr. Zubieta has received national and international recognition, including Latin Trade magazine’s “Distinguished Service in the Hemisphere Award.” In 2010, Lloyd’s List named him one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People in Shipping.”

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Grains council

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 20 gennaio 2012

Rice grains

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Sean Callanan, current USGC manager of programs, will depart the U.S. Grains Council on Jan. 29, 2012, to join a new initiative at the Cotton Council International (CCI) as program manager – greater Europe. Sean has been a recognized asset at the Council. The knowledge and experience he brought to the position will be missed.Do you find the information in Global Update useful? If so, be sure to pass it on to your friends and colleagues who might benefit from learning more about the U.S. Grains Council’s programs to build demand for U.S. grains and increase market access around the world. If they would like to receive Global Update directly, encourage them to contact Marri Carrow at with their name, company and e-mail to subscribe.Don’t miss an issue of Global Update! Make sure you continue to receive Global Update without interruption by adding, or to your e-mail program’s safe senders list, also called a white list. The U.S. Grains Council does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation or marital/family status. Persons with disabilities, who require alternative means for communication of program information should contact the U.S. Grains Council.

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Panama: Much More than a Canal

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 20 gennaio 2012

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Long before the Canal, Panama was a strategic link for Spanish conquistadores. Later as part of the Spanish empire, Panama shipped as much as 60 percent of the gold that flowed into Spanish coffers. To explore this history and culture behind modern Panama, register for one, or all, of the optional tours that the U.S. Grains Council will host during the 9th International Marketing Conference and 52nd Annual Membership Meeting.The Panama City Tour, Sunday, Feb. 12, will take participants back to the early 1500s, where Balboa first saw the Pacific and where the first Spanish city was founded on the misnamed Southern Ocean.The USGC tour schedule will include historic Spanish ruins, the city’s colonial sector and a panoramic view of the city at the Pacific entrance to the modern Canal.On Monday, the Malambo Orphanage Tour presents a rare opportunity to “give back” to our host country. Participants will have a chance to practice the Council’s mission by improving the lives of disadvantaged Panamanian children at the San Jose Malambo Orphanage, run by the Catholic Sisters of Mercy.Opened in 1890, the orphanage depends on individual and corporate donations to serve 180 children and administer a school for 400 more. Space is limited on this tour, so advance registration is necessary.For a step back into Panama’s pre-Columbian past, Tuesday’s Handicrafts and Jewelry Tour will take participants to one of Panama City’s best handicrafts markets, where members of the Kuna and Embera tribes sell traditional masks, molas and jewelry, much of it modeled after pre-Columbian artifacts.Finally, Thursday’s Gamboa Rain Forest Tour opens the door to the vibrant Panamanian rain forest, from research ponds of frogs and fresh-water fish to an orchid nursery and butterfly show. The tour will culminate in a cable car ride through a lush forest canopy to a panoramic view of the Canal and Panama’s Parque Nacional Soberania. Don’t miss the exceptional photo opportunities

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Panama Informational Tour Showcases Big Developments

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 13 gennaio 2012

Panama Western Provinces Map

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For a study in big, big construction and transportation technology, make plans for the Panama Canal field trip scheduled on Feb. 15 as part of the U.S. Grains Council’s 9th International Marketing Conference and 52nd Annual Membership Meeting in Panama City, Panama. The Canal, completed in 1914, continues to be one of the biggest engineering feats ever built and still remains a relevant component in world trade infrastructure. The Council’s informational tour begins with the Miraflores Lock where members can admire the scope and grandeur of the original Canal.Next, the tour will visit a container yard, where gantry cranes dwarf the biggest farm equipment, to gain a better understanding of the dynamics of container shipping. Witness the frenzy of shipping activity and hear how Panama is planning to capitalize its location to become a major leader in container trade.Finally, a drive to Panama’s Pacific Coast where new, bigger locks are under construction will offer a prime opportunity to learn about the international effort to expand and streamline the Canal with the hope of revolutionizing modern shipping.

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Transforming the Council Begins in Panama2016

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 13 gennaio 2012

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Panama Canal modernization isn’t the only fresh, new development to be explored at the U.S. Grains Council’s February membership meeting. Transforming the Council itself will be part of the agenda, as the Council debuts its newly approved strategic plan for 2012 to .“This will be more than a report,” said Tom Sleight, Vice President of Operations and Membership. “From hallway discussions to working sessions, members can expect to see and be part of applying this plan to guide the Council’s work.”Sleight, who called the plan “transformational,” also promises it is highly comprehensive. “It offers a very strategic analysis of the Council’s strengths and weaknesses and of the opportunities and threats we face,” he commented. “It goes beyond strategic goals to outline the actions we must take, how we will measure performance, and the next steps in that process.“We think members and outside stakeholders will be excited about the expanded initiatives in this plan and their implications for strengthening our export programs,” Sleight said.The plan, approved by the Council’s Board of Directors on Dec. 13, was developed with input from three primary sources: an in-depth analysis of the Council’s international structure and country programs; a comprehensive strategic communications initiative based on extensive interviews with internal and external stakeholders; and an ongoing discussion and evaluation by the Board and officers of organizational challenges posed by a changing global marketplace. details of the plan will be released at the Council’s opening general session on Monday morning, Feb. 13, at the Hotel Riu Plaza Panama in Panama City. For further meeting details or to register, go to and click on the meeting link on the right side of the home screen.

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Five-day DDGS Nutrition Short Course

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 21 ottobre 2011

Traffic Jam at Puente de Balboa in Panama City

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October 30–November 5: Nutritionists from Colombia, Peru, Ecuador and the Dominican Republic will participate in a five-day DDGS Nutrition Short Course at Kansas State University’s International Grains Program. This program is set up to complement the Buyers Conference that will be conducted in Panama City, Panama on October 18th. Participants will learn to formulate co-products into their livestock rations.

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