The Government of Panama today made a further donation of EC$135,000.00 to the Government of Antigua and Barbuda as budgetary support to assist with costs related to Barbuda in the wake of Hurricane Irma last September.
The bank instrument in the sum of US$50,000 (Fifty thousand US dollars) was presented in Washington, DC to Antigua and Barbuda’s Ambassador in the United States, Sir Ronald Sanders, by Panama’s Ambassador to Antigua and Barbuda, Jesus Sierra Victoria.
In presenting the donation, Ambassador Sierra Victoria noted that it represented the second of two payments, totaling EC$270,000.00, that Panama has made to the Government of Antigua and Barbuda “in a spirit of friendship and solidarity”. The first payment of US$135,000.00 was handed to Prime Minister, Gaston Browne, in Antigua by Ambassador Sierra Victoria last December.
Responding to the gift from the Government of Panama, Ambassador Sanders recalled the long relationship between Panama and Antigua and Barbuda beginning with the many nationals of Antigua and Barbuda who worked on digging the Panama Canal, now the world’s busiest and most lucrative trade conduit, linking the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. The Ambassador thanked the Government of Panama for “acting on the recognition that coping with the effects of Hurricane Irma had placed unanticipated burdens on the Antigua and Barbuda Treasury”.
The two Ambassadors noted that co-operation between the two nations has steadily grown, particularly in areas of mutual international interest such as threats to financial services and climate change. They both looked forward to the broadening of these relations to include facilitating shipping and trade in the Caribbean.