Panama is proud to host the World Maritime Day Parallel Event, which will be held in our country from October 1 to 3, 2017. The theme for this year’s World Maritime Day is “Connecting Ships, Ports and People”, which is appropriate for Panama for being one of the par excellence maritime nations, as recognized by the rest of the nations of the world having being elected to the IMO Category A. Our country plays a very important role in the world economy, as we are the seat of the main ports in Latin America, due to the Panama Canal and for being the biggest Flag State, with 18% of the world merchant fleet flying our national flag. Precisely, this celebration of the World Maritime Day Parallel Event coincides with the celebration of the Centennial of our International Ship Registry which was created in the year 1917.
Panama opens its arms to the oceans so from them ships arrive in our ports with goods to be transshipped to other ships or to land transportation, or as final destination, so that these are delivered to the final consignee, the people.
Jorge Barrakat Pitty, Minister of Maritime Affairs
Panama Maritime Authority (www.amp.gob.pa)
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