The Critical Need for Skilled Labor in Panama

The new Metro Project in Panama was a good example of how the country had to import skilled foreign labor to meet the demand.

The new Metro Project in Panama was a good example of how the country had to import skilled foreign labor to meet the demand.

In a recent article in Martes Financiero, the author cites a report regarding the important social and regional inequalities in Panama that have created a critical lack of qualified labor to fill the country’s need for trained personnel in many fields. Continue reading

The “Dubai of Latin America?” Part I

F & F Tower, or “The Screw” (no pun intended), 6th tallest skyscraper in Panama.

Burj al-Arab in Dubai. Luxury hotel. Image thanks to jumeirah.com

Burj al-Arab in Dubai. Luxury hotel. Image thanks to jumeirah.com

These days in Panama as well as abroad, we are hearing the expression “The Dubai of Latin America” and I cannot help but smile and observe how most folks simply accept this notion without really questioning its veracity. First of all, many Panamanians of average intelligence and educational background cannot tell you where Dubai is and, secondly, they haven’t the foggiest notion as to how it is that Panama has come to be viewed as The Dubai of Latin America when a couple of years ago they never knew of the existence of this place. Continue reading