Chamber of Commerce to strengthen St. Maarten-Panama ties

POSTED: 11/6/14 9:20 AM

St. Maarten – With the goal of strengthening the economic ties between St. Maarten and Panama, Claret Connor, Executive Director of the St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce & Industry will represent the island of St. Maarten at the 18 Conference of Free Zones of the Americas 2014. “Our economic engagement is essential to the trade and investments agenda with countries such as Panama in particular, and can only result in stronger economic growth and greater prosperity for St. Maarten’s strategic economic development,” said Connor. He went on to say that St. Maarten is in an ideal position to embrace economic diplomacy, a matter he intends to underscore during his presentation.

The executive director’s presentation is entitled “Building on St. Maarten and Panama’s Natural Partnership in Economic Development for the Caribbean” with a key focus on focus on building economic channels between Panama, St. Maarten and the  Caribbean region in general. The conference’s main objective is to promote trade, as well as to strengthen economic and foreign investment ties.

The conference will also aim to establish industrial and business opportunities between the various free zones. Hosts will seek to broaden active participation and continuous collaboration amongst the public/private sector representatives, with Panama at the helm. Topics will range from issues, such as free zones’ logistics, achievements, revisiting legislation with regard to financing and the expansion of the Panama Canal. Cooperation, economic growth and sustainable partnerships will be emphasized throughout the event.

The conference will take place on November 13 and 14 in Panama City, and is organized by the Asociación de Usuarios de la Zona Libre de Colón (AU) and the Asociación de Zonas Francas de las Américas (AZFA). The conference is the largest of its kind. Over 400 delegates from Latin and North America, as well as the Caribbean Region, are expected to attend the event.

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  1. Louis Peters says:

    The Chamber participation in this event is a step in the right direction, because it keeps the country’s name in focus for the right reasons and it makes regional traders more aware of what St. Maarten is offering to them to make their regional trading activities easier.

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