October 2016 \ Cover Story \ Cover Story
"Panama is a great investment destination"

Panama's Ambassador to India, H.E. Dr. Gilberto Llerena Garcia, answers questions from Editor Sayantan Chakravarty

  • STRONG RELATIONSHIP: Under the charge of Ambassador Llerena Garcia, Panama’s engagement with India is being taking to the next level with many opportunities opening up

Interview with H.E. Dr. Gilberto Llerena Garcia Ambassador of Panama to India

Panama was the first country in Central America where India opened a Resident Mission. This shows the significance of relations between the two countries. Your views please.

The significance of that historic occurrence is a point of reference in our 54 years of diplomatic ties, since 1962. The relationship has evolved smoothly and steadily. In the broad context, it is important for Panama to have an Asian partner with global projection as important as India. Being one of the fastest growing and emerging economies, it is imperative for Panama to widen our cultural, economic, and commercial relations, and remain associated with this growing major economy. One of the major advantages of achieving this closeness and strengthening ties is that both countries believe in the UN universal principles and a system of democratic governance, with the main goal being to improve the quality of living of our people through sustainable development and economic growth.

Over 120 Indian companies participated at Expocomer 2015. What are the major takeaways and positives from that event?