In Miami, the administrator of the Panama Maritime Authority (PMA), Mr. Jorge Barakat Pitty, who was accompanied by the deputy administrator, Mr. Agustín Alejandro Moreno and the chief of the directorate of ports and ancillary maritime industries, Mr. Gerardo Varela, met with businessmen and other port authorities of the State of Florida (USA), for the signature of a memorandum of understanding on matters of technical cooperation.
The agenda included meetings with personalities from the shipping and port sector, such as:

  • Ms. Michele Paige, president of the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA),
  •  Mr. Carlos Torres de Navarra, vice president of ports operations of the trade route “Carnival Cruise Line”,
  • Mr. Marcus Cheesman,  director of maritime operations of the Disney Cruise Line,
  • Mr. Federico González-Denton, director of government relations for Royal Caribbean Cruises.

The meeting with the President of the FCCA, Ms. Michele Paige, prepared the way for the signing of a Letter of Intent.
Among its main points, this Letter considers: work in partnership and cooperation in compliance with the laws and regulations of each country, the improvement of programs, processes and initiatives for the development of the Republic of Panama as “Home Port” and “Port of Call”. Other items aim to examine the possibility of cooperation in various areas, such as staff training, logistics, supplies, services and products, languages ​​and universities, in order to transform Panama into a Port of Departure and Port of Call for Cruise Lines, and for other members of the FCCA.

The Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association is a not-for-profit trade organization composed of 19 Member Lines operating more than 100 vessels in Floridian, Caribbean and Latin American waters. Created in 1972, the Association, seeks to build cooperative relationships with its partner destinations and to develop productive bilateral partnerships with every sector.

Mr. Augusto R. Arosemena, deputy minister of the Presidency of the Republic of Panama, Mr. Jesus Sierra, director of the Panama Tourism Authority (ATP), and representatives of Panama’ Consulate in Miami also attended these meetings.