Wednesday, September 27

Panama has shipped supplies for $ 26.9 million to America, from its “Humanitarian Hub”

The Regional Logistics Center for Humanitarian Assistance (Clrah), located at Panama, one of the five in the world, sent between January and November last 1,496 tons of supplies to different countries of America and the Caribbean, the highest number since it was inaugurated in 2018, the Panamanian Government reported.

This assistance of 1,496 tons of supplies, shipped to 38 nations of the continent and valued at $ 26.9 million, It served to face the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) and the effects of natural disasters such as the earthquake in Haiti last August.

The government ministry (Mingob) indicated in a statement that according to reports from the Clrah, in 2018 the entity handled 886 tons of assistance valued at $ 8 million; in 2019 there were 603 tons worth $ 4 million; In 2020, 1,492 tons valued at $ 24.1 million were worked.

“In this difficult time worldwide, from the call ‘humanitarian hub“The burden was doubled, providing the entire continent with support to face COVID-19 and assist those nations affected by natural phenomena such as hurricanes,” said the Minister of Government, Janaina Tewaney Mencomo.

Panama inaugurated in November 2018 the Clrah, also known as the “humanitarian hub of the Americas“, With a storage capacity of 12,000 square meters.

Its founding users are the National Civil Protection System (Sinaproc), and the United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot (Unhrd), operated by the World Food Program (PMA) and the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent (Ifrco).

This facility serves as a logistics platform to facilitate the activities of reception, handling, storage and redistribution of supplies and equipment, and allow the mobilization of human resources for an efficient management of relief and humanitarian assistance in the face of national and international emergencies that may occur in the region due to natural or other effects.

The other global humanitarian distribution centers are located in Dubai (United Arab Emirates), Canary Islands (Spain), Brindisi (Italy) and Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), according to official information.