August 3, 2021

Panama and the USA review compliance with bilateral environmental agreements

Panama and the USA review compliance with bilateral environmental agreements

Authorities of Panama and the United States set up a meeting in the Panamanian capital today to review the actions and measures they have implemented to comply with the chapter on the environment of the bilateral Trade Promotion Agreement (TPC) in force since 2012.

The Ministry of the Environment of Panama informed that in the meeting, of two days and private, the owner of that portfolio, Emilio Sempris, participates for the Central American country.

The assistant to the Trade Representative for Environment and Natural Resources, Jennifer Prescott, and the interim assistant secretary of the Office of Oceans and Environmental and Scientific International Affairs, Brian Doherty, represent the United States at the meeting.

The officials hold the second meeting of the Environmental Affairs Council in the context of the United States-Panama Trade Promotion Treaty, the second meeting of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation under the Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (ACA), said the Panamanian Ministry.

"Both delegations analyze an agenda that includes the review of the actions and measures that have been followed in both countries in order to implement the terms, as well as the implementation of the agreement signed and their obligations in the environmental chapter of the Treaty" , indicated the official information.

He added that within the framework of this meeting "the Secretary of the Implementation of the Environmental Legislation of the United States-Panama (SALA) will be officially inaugurated, entity that will play an important role in the promotion of public participation in the monitoring and compliance of the Panama's environmental laws. "

The Panamanian Ministry of the Environment said that on Wednesday, at the close of the meeting, an open information session will be held with civil society groups.


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