His Excellency Jesus Sierra Victoria, the Permanent Representative of Panama to the Organisation of American States (OAS), on Monday presented his Letter of Credence to His Excellency Sir Rodney Williams, Governor General of Antigua and Barbuda, officially accrediting him as the Ambassador of Panama to Antigua and Barbuda.
After the presentation of credentials, Ambassador Sierra Victoria paid a courtesy call on the Honourable Gaston Browne, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda. Prime Minister Browne extended a warm welcome to the Panamanian Ambassador, and affirmed that, “Antigua and Barbuda, and Panama maintain excellent political and cultural bonds. Panama is a valued ally, and neighbour.”
During the meeting, Ambassador Sierra expressed his sympathy and support for those affected by Hurricane Irma. In this connection, on behalf of the Government of Panama, the Panamanian Ambassador presented a cheque in the sum of fifty thousands US dollars (US$50,000) to Prime Minister Browne for humanitarian relief efforts in Barbuda.
In addition, Ambassador Sierra also announced that his government would provide another cheque of fifty thousand US dollars (US$50,000) in the new year to further assist with rebuilding efforts in Barbuda. In response, Prime Minister Browne acknowledged the goodwill and generosity of the people and Government of Panama, and conveyed his appreciation for the donation.
During the meeting, Prime Minister Gaston Browne highlighted the fact that Panama is one of the world’s fastest growing economies worldwide, as well as the fastest growing economy in Latin America. Both the Prime Minister and the Panamanian Ambassador further underscored the potential of the friendship, and stressed that both sides should seek to increase bilateral ties in areas such as trade, investment, and education