PANAMA AND MEXICO RENEW COOPERATION PROGRAMS FOR THE BENEFIT OF EDUCATIONAL, CULTURAL, FISHING AND AGRICULTURAL SECTORS
Within the framework of the IX Meeting of the Joint Commission for Technical and Scientific Cooperation and the X Meeting of the Joint Commission for Educational and Cultural Cooperation, held under the modality of videoconferencing, Panama and Mexico agreed to renew cooperation programs for the period 2020 -2022 depending on the development priorities of both countries.
In terms of educational and cultural cooperation, the exchange of experiences in initial and inclusive education, cultural heritage, cultural diplomacy, copyright and protection of the national film and audiovisual industry were set as priorities.
In the field of technical and scientific cooperation, projects benefit the fishing sector to optimize mollusc farming, strengthen the value chain in the fisheries and aquaculture sector, as well as the productive activity of the artisanal fisheries sector.
While the transfer of technology and production of fruit seedlings under controlled environment is included in the agricultural sector, technical assistance in production and processing of honey to producers in Veraguas, Chiriquí and Colón, promotion of cocoa processing, adaptation of farmers familiar to the effects of climate change, among others.
Also during the meetings, the Panama and Mexico work teams evaluated the results of the VIII Program of Technical and Scientific Cooperation (2017-2018, extended to 2019) and the IX Program of Educational and Cultural Cooperation (2017-2018, extended to 2019 ) and agreed to hold the XI Meeting of the Joint Commission for Technical and Scientific Cooperation during the year 2022.
Luis Manuel López Moreno, Mexican ambassador to Panama and his work team participated. For the Panamanian Foreign Ministry: Itza Broce, director in charge of International Cooperation; Alfredo Oranges, Ambassador of Panama in Mexico; Zabdy Vergara, Third Secretary of Diplomatic and Consular Careers; Angela William, attache, of the Panama embassy in Mexico; Yesenia Fernández, head of International Negotiations; Yessica Cedeño, head of the Bi-Multilateral Department; Francisco Márquez, head of Cultural Diplomacy and Edissa Muñoz, Analyst.