Back home from wanderings once more, and with a (so far) reliable computer, at last.

On the compliance front in Panama, the President of the National Assembly says that Panama will be able to count on a law of extinction of ownership of illicit assets (civil forfeiture) before 30 June, the date on which the period of ordinary sessions ends. Given the opposition to date,  which has delayed the proposed law for a number of years, we shall see.

It is reported that the Government has taken control of the 130 hectare (321 acre) landfill site which has seen sites and pollution warnings in recent weeks. This comes amidst allegations against the Colombian-owned private operator about environmental liabilities.

In other news, the mandatory use of face masks on public transport (which has been largely ignored in recent weeks, in my personal experience) officially ends today, 27 March. However, the mandatory use of face coverings is maintained in public and private health facilities, where patient care is provided.

Mentioned in passing, alongside the news about face masks, was reminder that any person who works in the food sector, even as a driver or delivery person in food delivery services, using cars, motorcycles, scooters, mopeds, ATV, motorcycles or other similar means of transport, must have the certificate of good health (white card) and the health training card (green card).

Meanwhile, although membership of political parties might be relatively high here in Panama, there is quite some scepticism and cynicism about politics and politicians, and as elections approach I noticed this notice on a gate in El Valle.

“I don’t want a visit from politicians from any party. They are all corrupt”

26/27 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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