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Panama confirms participation in Havana Trade Fair

Panama will have its own national pavilion at the upcoming Havana 2007 International Trade Fair (FIHAV) with Panama's Foreign Minister, Samuel Lewis heading his country's delegation at this year's event.

After meeting with Lewis in Panama City, Abraham Maciques, president of the 2007 FIHAV Organizing Committee, told PL that setting up a pavilion for all the Panamanian companies attending the fair is an important step as Panama was one of the three countries participating in the first fair back 1983.

Maciques said he had a meeting with the Panamanian foreign minister who expressed his satisfaction with the activities that will be held in Cuba to celebrate the Panamanian National Day on November 5. He said a large group of artists will travel to the island to participate in the celebration of the day.

The Cuban entrepreneur said he was warmly welcomed by Alejandro Ferrer, Panama's minister of commerce and industry, who assured him that Panama will be widely represented at this year's 25th FIHAV. The fair is scheduled to begin November 10 at its traditional venue, the ExpoCuba exhibit area.

Maciques, who is in Panama accompanied by Cuba's ambassador to that country, held a meeting with members of the Chamber of commerce, Industry and Agriculture. There the Cuban minister talked about the characteristics of the International Trade Fair.

Last year's FIHAV attracted 1,125 companies from 58 countries, which had the opportunity to showcase their products and services in an area covering more than 17,000 square meters. Contracts worth 400 million dollars were signed.


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