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Panama: Law on Congressional Virtual Sessions Enacted

(May 5, 2020) On April 11, 2020, Panama published a law allowing its legislative assembly to conduct virtual sessions in cases of a national emergency or other situations that prevent the assembly from meeting in regular fashion. The original bill of this law explained that, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, it became necessary […]

Panama: Accession to Multilateral Treaty on Invasive Species

(Dec. 5, 2016) In October 2016, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) announced that Panama has acceded to the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments (known as the Ballast Water Management, or BWM, Convention). Panama is the 53rd country to take that step.  Panama is the largest shipping industry […]

Panama; United States: Agreements on Aviation Security

(Jan. 30, 2014) The United States and Panama signed two agreements in January 2014 aimed at providing a framework for cooperation on civil aviation security matters between the two countries. (Press Release, U.S. Embassy in Panama, The United States and Panama Expand Security Cooperation (Jan. 22, 2014).) These are the first two formal agreements between […]

Panama; United States: Agreement on Forfeited Funds

(Jan. 6, 2014) The United States and Panama signed an agreement in October 2013 under which they will share over $36 million in forfeited assets. (Press Release, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Deputy Attorney General Cole and Panamanian Attorney General Belfon Sign Agreement to Share Forfeited Assets (Oct. 22, 2013).) The agreement was reached following […]

Panama: Withdrawal from Central American Parliament

(Dec. 3, 2010) On November 24, 2010, Act 78 of 2009, repealing the legal basis for Panama's membership in the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN), entered into force. The law was adopted on November 30, 2009. (Ley 78 de 2009 que deroga las leyes que aprueban los instrumentos internacionales relativos al Parlamento Centroamericano, 26425 GACETA OFICIAL […]

Panama; United Nations: Program to Prevent Shipping of Illicit Goods via Sea Ports

(July 30, 2010) On June 22, 2010, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and Panama announced that they have started a program aimed at preventing counterfeit and illicit and goods from accessing Central American markets via sea ports. According to a press release issued on the occasion: The programme includes the launch […]