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The National Association of Pig Farmers of Panama (ANAPOR) asked the Government of Panama to formalize with its counterpart in the United States, the review and modification of the Trade Promotion Treaty (TPC) on the items that represent the engine of the agricultural sector and that it be are seriously affected by the implementation of this Treaty.

For the union, the advancement of the TPC without any modification will result in the disappearance of important items in the sector, where 14% of the country’s formal employment is generated (more than 230 thousand jobs), being the second generator of jobs in the 46% of the population in rural areas, limiting the movement of people to urban areas.

For ANAPOR, the visit of Julie Callahan, assistant for Agricultural Affairs and Commodity Policy of the USTR, to discuss matters related to the TPC, was unexpected and surprising and although they met with the commercial sector and importers, they did not have the courtesy to inform any agricultural union about the topics to be discussed and they were not invited to participate.

For ANAPOR, this visit has a regrettable message, confirmed by the charge d’affaires of the US Embassy, ​​Stewart Tuttle, who indicated that they have no intention of renegotiating the Treaty.

They also question that Tuttle omits to say that for the year 2006, Panama exported $350 million to the US, for the year 2010 it exported $211 million and for the year 2019, it only exported $90 million. On the other hand, the US exported $2,518 million to Panama in 2010 and for 2019 the record figure of $3,363 million. A clear demonstration of the negative effect that the Treaty has on the Panamanian economy.

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