Panama organizations request social use of Canal revenues | News


Popular organizations of Panama presented their candidates this Wednesday to form part of the Board of Directors of the Canal Authority (ACP), replacing three vacancies that will be filled next February and with the express request of a social use for the income from of the exploitation of the interoceanic route.


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During the occasion, the economist and university professor Maribel Gord贸n proposed that the surplus income left by this facility be used to promote national and social development plans. In statements to the media, Gord贸n said that these funds can be dedicated to education, health, housing and social security.

He added that they could also dedicate themselves to the continuity of the Disability, Old Age and Death program of the Social Security Fund, which would benefit the workers and the people, he valued.

He said that citizens have the right to know what is done with the funds generated by the Canal. He said that “resources must be allocated in a clear and transparent manner.”

In addition, he proposed that part of these revenues be invested in reversing environmental damage caused by the economic activity of the Canal, particularly on water resources, and in terms of sustainable development.

He recalled that part of the public opinion, especially in communities in the interior of the country, considers that the Canal is “an enclave of the groups of economic power, which is not a function of national and social development”, and called to convert the installation as a starting point for policies that promote well-being and solutions to the needs of the entire population.

The popular Panamanian organizations also proposed Dr. Amelia M谩rquez de P茅rez, professors Juan Jovan茅 and Elberto Cobos, lawyer D铆dimo Escobar and professor Luis Navas P谩jaro.

According to local media, among the organizations that made proposals to integrate the board of directors of the ACP are the National Front for the Defense of Economic and Social Rights (Frenadeso), the Association of Canal Area Communities (ACAC), the Unified Coalition by Col贸n (CUCO), the National Central of Workers of Panama (CNTP) and the Frente Amplio Colonense.

The ACP board of directors is made up of 11 members (a president and ten directors). In February, the nine-year term of three of the latter expires: Henri M. Mizrachi K., Lourdes del Carmen Castillo Murillo and Alberto Vallarino Cl茅ment.

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