Had to go to the US Embassy this morning, and judging from the queue at the gate everyone is planning to leave Panama…odd to find the consular official commenting on my “scouse” accent (it turned out he was from Norwich). It has to be said that the Embassy is in a lovely setting, with nice gardens, and I saw a toucan flying across. This is very unlike the almost anonymous British Embassy, tucked away on a busy street in the city, and occupying just a small part of an equally anonymous office block.

The National Consumer Price Index (CPI) of Panama showed a year-on-year variation of 2.0% in February, and virtually no change compared to January. It was said that the products with the greatest increases year-on-year variation were housing, water, electricity and gas (as electricity is cheap, has been subsidised since the start of the pandemic, and retirees get a discount anyway – gas is also subsidised and water bills seem very modest – so I am not sure how this can be).

17 MARCH 2023

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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