The president of the Republic; Laurentino Cortizo, assured entrepreneurs thatthere is currently a control of the pandemic, but that we must maintain the rhythm of vaccination and biosafety measures, during a working meeting with the Board of Directors and the Council of former presidents of the Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture of Panama (Cciap), in which an updated status was provided of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The president of the Cciap, José Ramón Icaza, agreed with the president that the hospital system is currently prepared in the event of a rebound; However, however, given the percentages of inoculation and the biosafety measures in force, based on scientific evidence, They do not foresee mobility restrictions that affect commercial activity and economic reactivation.
At the meeting, the President of the Republic reviewed different issues, such as the next steps to follow in the Bicentennial Pact, where he indicated that a high-level commission should be installed in the middle of the month to monitor this document and its initiatives. In this sense, José Ramón Icaza recognized the commitment of the Executive Branch in this process, highlighted that it is a participatory phase, without the influence of the National Government.
“For CCIAP, the Bicentennial Pact is a true social contract that provides citizen empowerment and that represents a shared responsibility for participatory execution on the part of all State Bodies, unions and unions, organized civil society, academia and all citizens ”.
The union is committed to continuing to be part of this important process; At the same time, it will monitor compliance with this quarterly, through the Panama Observatory, Cuéntame !; while, it will be the basis of the Country Agenda 2024 – 2029 ”.
The issue of education was also part of the agenda, where the president reiterated what was indicated in Executive Decree 2077 of 2021 that formalizes the school calendar and face-to-face classes in 2022. For his part, the president of the CCIAP pointed out that this is an issue that cannot be solely of the National Government, “We must all get involved, here lies the future of the country.
Unfortunately the great victim of the pandemic is and continues to be education, which has continued to deepen the already deep educational gap, so we must focus all efforts so that all educational establishments return to face-to-face classes in their entirety, complying with biosafety measures ”. The Cciap reiterated its commitment to support the government administration in all actions aimed at achieving quality education in classrooms.
Finally, the economic reactivation was a mandatory topic of the meeting, exchanging macroeconomic figures. The Cciap stressed the need to implement the shared risk program already approved for the tourism sector; and. the multisectoral raised at the working table between the government and the private sector That allows micro, small and medium-sized companies to access credit in such a way that they can meet the needs resulting from the Covid-19 crisis; as well as, recover and generate new jobs.