CPA signs agreement with Panama Maritime Authority
WILLEMSTAD - CPA and KTK participated at the biennial Panama Maritime Conference recently. The conference is an excellent platform to network with both regional and international market leaders in the maritime sector.
The ministry of Economic Development led the Kingdom Trade Mission to Panama for the delegation of Curacao. CPA and KTK also joined forces with several local companies to participate in match making events, round table discussions and a booth exhibit in the Dutch pavilion.
CPA pre-arranged a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Panama Maritime Authority prior to the conference. The assistance of the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Panama, Mr. Dirk Jansen and his team were pivotal in setting this up, as was the cooperation of the team of the ministry of Economic Development led by Mrs. Zulaika Mook.
The focus of the MOU was to establish an alliance of cooperation with Panama with the aim to generate and foster new cruise business for the ports of Panama and Curacao. The cooperation will entail among others joint marketing efforts, personnel training, information exchange and market studies.
The Minister of Maritime Affairs and Administrator, Mr. Jorge Barkat Pitty stressed during the signing ceremony that Panama is committed to further developing their cruise sector and looks forward to creating synergy between the two countries.
The CPA managing director, Mr. Humberto de Castro, explains that the alliance with Panama offers Curacao the opportunity to create additional specific southern cruise itineraries that can be specifically tailored to cruise lines seeking an alternative unique seven-day cruise. CPA has experience creating and jointly presenting such a ‘packaged’ itinerary to the cruise lines. By including a homeport option in one of the southern ports cruise lines will be able to offer a shorter cruise to its passengers.