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Panama hosts World Maritime Day Parallel Event

23 October 2017

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) and The Ministry of Maritime Affairs of Panama hosted The World Maritime Day Parallel Event where member states converged at the world class Maritime Hub, Panama City to share information on opportunities and best practices in the maritime sector.

Photo: Minister of Maritime of Panama Jorge Bakarat, SA Deputy Minister of Transport, Ms Sindisiwe Chikunga, Ambassador of Panama Jacob Dominguez and the Maritime Delagation from SA

South African Deputy Minister of Transport, Ms Sindisiwe Chikunga attended the event. She was accompanied by a South African Maritime Delegation which included the National Department of Transport, the Ports Regulator of South Africa (PRSA), TRANSNET's National Ports Authority (NPA), and The South African Maritime Authority (SAMSA).





Industrial giants such as MTU Rolls Royce and World Marine & Offshore Supply Company also accompanied the Minister to Panama.

The City of Panama has been serving the maritime world for 100 years. It has the largest ship registry in the world which started in 1917 and is still going strong. It has 100 years of experience.

The South African delegation was escorted by the Ambassador of Panama, H.E.  Dominguez Castillo. The delegation had the opportunity to see and visit the completed new expansion of the Panama Canal, its most active air Hub in the Central and Caribbean region, serving over 35  different countries and 90 destination countries daily, the expansion of its metrorail system and learn more about the ongoing construction in the pacific side of a new Cruise Terminal,  new Cargo Port as well as a new Passenger and Cargo rail system that would cross the Isthmus from East to the West all the way to its borders with Costa Rica.

Panama has the highest GDP Growth rate in the Latin America and Caribbean  Region with 5.8% GDP and in 2017 it is ranked in the top 20 countries world wide.

Embassy of Panama in South Africa



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