Yesterday, the Israel Latin America Chamber of Commerce together with the Embajada de Panamá en Israel - שגרירות פנמה בישראל hosted a highly attended conference at the Sheraton Hotel in Tel Aviv, in honor and with the participation of a top-level delegation from Panama led by the Minister of Commerce and Industries, Mr. Ramon Martinez, the Minister of Agricultural Development, Mr.Augusto Valderrama, and Amb. Carmen Gisela Vergara, Executive Director of ProPanama Investments.
The Conference focused on the new business and investment opportunities in the Republic of Panama deriving from the signature of a Free Trade Agreement that has been signed between the countries.
The event commenced with the opening remarks of our President, Roberto Spindel, Amb. Adis Arlene Urieta Vega, Ambassador of Panama in Israel and Mr. Ohad Cohen, Director of the Israeli Foreign Trade Administration of the Ministry of Economy and Industry.
Later on, the Ministers and Amb. Vergara presented to the audience the advantages of trading with Panama and expressed their willingness to enhance mutual relations with a particular focus on bilateral trade with an emphasis on its unique attributes as a major regional hub.
Then followed the exchange of letters of notification between Mr. Ohad Cohen, Director of the Israeli Foreign Trade Administration, and the Minister of Commerce and Industries of Panama, Mr. Ramon Martinez.
Adding to the uniqueness of this prestigious event, Our Chamber also signed an MOU together with Cámara de Comercio, Industria y Agricultura Panamá-Israel, signed by the Presidents of both entities, Mr. Roberto Spindel, and Mr. Salvador Aviad to further cultivate bi-lateral ties.
The event concluded with a panel conducted by Ralph Ben Tal, Vice President and CFO of our Chamber, with members of the visiting Panamanian Delegation representing both the private and public sectors, comprising of a local businessman, leading international lawyer and senior trade adviser and VP of the National Bank of Panama. The panel enthused the audience with their experience, knowledge, and motivation to develop trade.
Finally, the conference enabled the many participants to network closely with their counterparts and cultivate mutual interest and explore opportunities.
Our President, Roberto Spindel, giving to Amb. Adis Arlene Urieta Vega an honorary membership to the Israel Latin American Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Ohad Cohen, Director of Trade with Israel exchanging a notification letter with Mr. Ramon Martinez, the Minister of Commerce and Industries of Panama.
Our President, Roberto Spindel, signing the MOU between our Chamber and Cámara de Comercio, Industria y Agricultura Panamá-Israel.

Observing the signature are (left to right): Mr. Ohad Cohen, Director of Trade with Israel, Mr. Ramon Martinez, Panamanian Minister of Commerce and Industries, Amb. Carmen Gisela Vergara, Executive Director of ProPanama Investments, Mr. Augusto Valderrama, Minister of Agricultural Development, and Salvador Aviad, President of the Industrial and Agriculture Chamber of Commerce Panama-Israel.
The discussion panel, conducted by Ralph Ben Tal, Vice President and CFO of our Chamber, counted with the presence of (left to right): Mr. Leroy Sheffer, Mr. David Mizrachi, and Mr. Daniel Rosenfeld.
Our President, Roberto Spindel, had a fruitful meeting with the recently appointed Ambassador of El Salvador to Israel, Amb. Héctor Enrique Celarié. They discussed ways to promote and strengthen the bilateral trade relationship between Israel and El Salvador.
Embajada -Embassy- de El Salvador en Israel, 23/1/2020