Rosenthal receives Panamanian counterpart

Foreign minister Uri Rosenthal yesterday received his Panamanian counterpart Roberto Henriquez. The visit aims to strengthen economic relations between the two countries.

Mr Henriquez announced that Panama is planning open an embassy in The Hague. The Netherlands has had an embassy in Panama since late last year. ‘The Netherlands and Panama are both important economic hubs, which makes us natural partners’, said Mr Rosenthal.

Panama, with its strategically essential canal, is among the most dynamic economies in the region. The Netherlands is, after the US, the second biggest investor in Panama as well as the EU's largest market for Panamanian exports. Many Dutch companies – including Philips and Heineken – have their regional headquarters in Panama. And KLM flies daily to Panama City. Panama is investing to modernise its infrastructure, including its canal, and has already awarded contracts to Dutch companies like VOPAK and Boskalis.

Foreign minister Uri Rosenthal yesterday received his Panamanian counterpart Roberto Henriquez.