Panama, August 5th.   

The Panama Maritime Authority (PMA), as part of its strategy to offer “a transparent and efficient service” to the international shipping market and thereby maintaining its leadership in ship registration, sent an official mission to Manila (Philippines). This mission is led by Mr. Jorge Barakat Pitty (Administrator), and by Mr. José Luis Aizpurúa, director of the General Directorate of Seafarers.

During this visit, the Panamanian authorities will seek to strengthen the bonds, as well as to explain the new policies that will be implemented by the new administration. As part of this visit, several meetings are scheduled with leading Seafarers’ recruitment and placement agencies, with Ship-owners’ Associations, with the Maritime Universities, with the directors of the Maritime Administration of the Philippines and with other members of the maritime sector in that country.

The Panamanian delegation held its first meeting with top executives of the main training and recruitment agency for Seafarers, MAGSAYSAY and with Mr. Maximo Mejia Jr. the Administrator of the Authority of Maritime Industry of the Philippines, with whom they addressed topics such as: Panama’s intention of remaining competitive and leader-country in ship registration, the new control systems that regard the consulates and whose implementation is planned, and the changes that are to be implemented for the assessment of competence of seafarers.

Both meetings took place in an atmosphere of fellowship and professionalism. This visit marks a milestone for the current administration. It shows this administration’s interest in carrying out positive changes and thus, it shows to customers as well as all the users of the Panama Maritime Authority that, in this institution, there will always be room for consultation and no room for imposition, particularly when the discussion is about controversial issues for the international shipping industry, such as safety, protection of human life at sea and prevention of marine pollution.