Panama Trade Mission Delegation to Visit Atlanta, Georgia - April 28 - 30, 2010 to Discuss Trade, Commerce and Investment Opportunities

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The United States-Panama Business Council, Southeast Chapter, (USPA SE), in partnership with the Metro Atlanta Chamber, Global Commerce Division, is planning to receive a Trade Mission from the Republic of Panama on April 28-30, 2010 to present Panama's 5 year plan in trade, commerce and investment opportunities between the United States and Panama. The Honorable Roberto C. Henriquez, Panama's Minister of Commerce and Industry will lead the trade mission.

The United States-Panama Business Council, Southeast Chapter, (USPA SE), in partnership with the Metro Atlanta Chamber, Global Commerce Division, is planning to receive a Trade Mission from the Republic of Panama on April 28-30, 2010 to present Panama's 5 year plan in trade, commerce and investment opportunities between the United States and Panama. The Honorable Roberto C. Henriquez, Panama's Minister of Commerce and Industry will lead the trade mission of 25 delegates to Atlanta.

The purpose of the Panama trade mission is to present Panama's infrastrucure projects, business opportunities and to promote bi-lateral trade and commerce between Panama and the United States.

The Panamanian official delegation is as follows:
1.Hon. Ministro Roberto Henríquez – Minister of Commerce and Industry (MICI)
2.Viceministro José Domingo Arias – Minister of Commerce and Industry (MICI)
3.Hon. Jaime Alemán – Ambassador to USA (Embajada de Panamá en USA)
4.Ing. Roberto Roy – METRO Transportation
5.Ing. Leopoldo Benedetti – Colon Free Zone (ZLC)
6.Ing. Rafael Flores – Tocumen Airport (Aeropuerto Tocumen)
7.Lic. Henry Kardonsky – Howard, Panama Pacifico
8.Lic. Rodolfo Sabonge - Panamá Canal Authority (Autoridad del Canal)
9.Roberto Alfaro E. – PRESIDENTE USPA-PANAMÁ
10.Lic. Ricardo Eskilsen – Attorney & VICE PRESIDENTE USPA-Panama
11.Lic. Félix Carles – Real Estate Association (ACOBIR)
12.Ing. Francisco de Ycaza – (Council for Commerce and Production (CICYP)
13.Walter Luchsinger – AUSPA
14.Rubén Castillo – Panamá Executive Society (APEDE)
15.Thomas Kenna – American Chamber of Commerce & Industry (AMCHAM)
16.Annette Cárdenas - Tourism (CAMTUR)
17.Giovanni Ferrari – AUZLC
18.Roberto Domínguez – APATEL
19.Osvaldo Marchena – Real Estate Association (ACOBIR)
20.Marvin Castillo – Maritime Chamber (Cámara Marítima)
21.Moisés Cohen – Banking Association (Asociación Bancaria)
22.Antonio Boada – Proctor & Gamble
23.Martin Álvarez – Dell Computer
24.Juan B. Sosa – USPA-USA
25.Lic. Enrique De Obarrio – Panamá Executive Society (APEDE)

A seminar open to the public will be held on Thursday April 29th at the Metro Atlanta Chamber of commerce offices in downtown Atlanta. Presentations and roundtable discussions will be held with government officials and high level business executive on subjects including:

  • Panama “LAW 41” and what it means for the establishment and operation in Panama of regional headquarters of Multinational Companies
  • Case Study: Why Panama? Proctor & Gamble, Dell Computer & Marriott Hotels
  • Tourism, Agriculture, Logistics, & Finance
  • Panama Projects: Panama Pacifico, Colon Free Zone, Real Estate, Cold Storage, Port Expansion, Canal Expansion and Metro Rail & Bus System
  • Panama’s Sustainable Growth and Business Opportunities in Panama and the United States
  • The United States-Panama Business Council

Registration information: http://www.us-panamase.org or contact the US-Panama Business Council Southeast Chapter at 404-459-5915 for more information on event sponsorship and membership.

Registration Fees are as follows:

$185.00: Thursday, April 29, 2020
Breakfast, Seminars, Lunch at the Metro Atlanta Chamber and Reception and Dinner

$125.00: Thursday April 29, 2010
Breakfast, Seminars, and Lunch at Metro Atlanta Chamber

$75.00: April 29, 2010
Reception & Dinner

Corporate Sponsors and Guests
Wednesday: Program and Reception for the Panama delegation at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Thursday: Breakfast, Seminars, Lunch at the Metro Atlanta Chamber and Reception and Dinner

Friday: A private meeting with the Minister of Commerce and Industry and his delegation.
2:00 PM: Delegation and sponsors tour of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Corporate Sponsorship Packages:

Platinum Sponsor ($5,000.00)
Corporate Table (8 seats) – Prime Location
Five registrations attend all sessions
Two seats at the head table
Table sign with logo
First choice: Table Guest from the Panamanian Delegation
Premium placement of corporate logo on all materials
Opportunity to present one (1) “Friendship Award”
60 minutes one-to-one meeting with Panama’s Minister of Commerce and Industries

Gold Sponsor ($2,500.00)
Corporate Table (8 seats) – Tier 2 location
Four registrations attend all sessions
Table sign with logo
Second Choice: Table Guest from Panamanian delegation
Preferred placement of corporate logo on all materials
45 minutes one-to-one meeting with Panama’s Minister of Commerce and Industries

Silver Sponsor ($1,000.00)
Corporate Table (8 seats) – Tier 3 location
Three registrations attend all sessions
Table sign with logo
Third Choice: Table Guest from Panamanian delegation
30 minutes one-to-one meeting with Panama’s Minister of Commerce and Industries

About the United States – Panama Business Councils (USPA):
The United States – Panama Business Councils, USPA USA and USPA Panama, were created and launched 15 years ago by its President and CEO, the former ambassador of Panama to the United States, Ambassador Juan B. Sosa. The United States–Panama Business Council’s (USPA USA) policies and strategic planning office is headquartered in Washington, D.C. and its administrative office is in Houston, Texas. USPA-Panama has its headquarters in Panama City, Panama.

USPA’s primary objectives are to strengthen the bonds of cooperation between the United States and Panama through the creation of business opportunities, facilitating trade and investments, and to promote strategic alliances and joint ventures between the two nations.

The creation and formation of the USPA southeast and southwest chapters was the foresight and vision of Ambassador Juan Sosa. The inauguration of the southwest chapter was held in Houston, Texas on July 14, 2008 and the southeast chapter on July 15, 2008 in Atlanta, Georgia.

During its sixteen years of existence, the U.S.-Panama Business Council (USPA) has actively participated in strengthening relations between the two countries and promoting business opportunities. USPA is now positioned to build on the pillars of this relationship in order to achieve sustainable growth in the areas of trade, commerce and investments.

About the Metro Atlanta Chamber:
The Metro Atlanta Chamber mobilizes and connects the business community to drive economic development and public policies that promote sustainable growth. Their board draws from Atlanta’s top business leaders. They have a professional staff of 90 and serve 4,000 member companies who employ nearly 1 million workers.

The Metro Atlanta Chamber, Global Commerce Council (GCC)was formed in August 2006 with the purpose of directing and executing the global commerce strategy of the Metro Atlanta Chamber. The GCC comprises Chamber members from all levels that have an interest in global business issues.

About Atlanta:
Metro Atlanta is comprised of 28 counties and is home to more than 5.3 million people and more than 145,000 private-sector firms. Atlanta’s top three industry sectors are trade, transportation and utilities, professional and business services and government. Businesses include 11 FORTUNE 500 headquarters, hundreds of other headquarters, over 2,100 international companies, and thousands of small businesses.

Next USPA-SE Event: Sarasota, Florida

Theme: “The Gateway to Panama, Establishing Business Connections”
Where: Sarasota, Florida
Date: July 14th - 16th, 2010.

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