On 10 June 2016 the British Chamber of Commerce Panama hosted a Roundtable Breakfast with the Deputy Minister of Finance, Her Excellency Eyda Varela de Chinchilla. One of the issues raised by our members British-American Tobacco was the illicit trade in tobacco products. The Deputy Minister was very concerned about this issue and invited the Territory Manager for BAT, Alfredo Argueta, for a meeting to learn more about illicit trade. On 15 June, Alfredo was received by HE Deputy Minister de Chinchilla, along with the Director General of the National Customs Directorate, Jose Gomez Nuñez.
The following is a summary of the meeting provided by Alfredo:
The breakfast round-table that was recently coordinated by BritCham and hosted by his Excellency the British Ambassador provided a brilliant setting to participate and engage with her Excellency the Vice Minister of Finance. This allowed a great setting to exchange ideas and ask pertinent questions to the Vice Minister. As a result of this breakfast the Vice Minister was kind enough to allocate some time from her agenda to meet with us.
The meeting took place in the MEF offices and attendees were the Vice Minister of Finance and two of her top deputies as well as the Director of Customs and one of his deputies.
It was a brilliant opportunity to bring to the table different topics of interest we as a British Multi National operating in Panama wanted to convey to the participants in the meeting, and this forum allowed us ample space to share our insights and point of view.
I’d personally like to thank Britcham for their support in facilitating the breakfast which allowed us to have a very productive and engaging meeting with important stakeholders.
We as the British Chamber of Commerce in Panama are very pleased that through ou event, one of our members was able to get direct access to Government officials to present their issues.
This shows the true spirit of what the British Chamber of Commerce in Panama set out to do- be the preferred business network for British businesses in Panama. The meeting between BAT and the Deputy Minister just reinforces our slogan: Connecting People, Making Deals Happen.
We hope that more and more members make connections through our future events.