He is a mover and a shaker, comes to us via a number of posts in Latin America and most recently Madrid. If I remember correctly, we now have Embassies in Guatemala and Costa Rica reporting into the British Embassy in Panama. We are going up in the world, we have a top shot representing us. Top priorities to grow business and trade links.
The UK is already a massive investor with HSBC, Cable and Wireless and Shipping. Trading links have however been rather ignored since the days of the pirates. Actually, as a Scot, I think we got our fingers badly burned back in the C17th in the Darien - probably, the reason we are today part of Britain. Not a good historical experience.
Anyway, today Britain's top priority is apparently trade, and our new Ambassador, Michael John Holloway, OBE is going to work on that. Britain needs to re-engage with Latin America. Panama is one of Britain's 7 top strategic priorities in Latin America. Mainly from a perspective of logistical importance.
Costa Rica currently imports fruits to the UK and coffee; Panama not much. That may change pretty soon. Apparently, there is a department in the British Embassy just waiting for me to call to ask them how to export my coffee. And.......Tesco might well be interested. Wonder if they would like my bananas as well and maybe some orange marmalade.
I think very soon we will have a dry canal over the mountains from West Coast to East and trade routes that ship out of Atlantic and Pacific ports just in Chiriqui. All these wonderful things we are making in the mountains can now be enjoyed by the rest of the world.
The signs are there for us all to guess at, including me, with the 4 lane highway from David to Boquete. For those that do not know that is like the M6 artery (in the UK) or think I95 (E. Corridor USA) connecting a cow town and a mountain resort.
Basically, it makes no sense at all unless it is part of a bigger plan. Perhaps one to connect the Pacific with the Atlantic, just like the first settlers here did during the Gold Rush. They did it on donkeys; this looks like blacktop all the way. It makes some sense given the much hailed canal expansion, will actually not be able to accommodate the newest generation of super container ships. I just hope I do not hear the big trucks, most probably carrying copper in acid, from my terrace.
Bar the volcano exploding, this place looks set for some major expansion. Environmentally, not so good. Or, as I see it, the volcano will explode sooner or later, probably sooner, and a four lane highway will be blown away with it. In the environmental scheme of life, much longer than mine, it will all work out in the end in favor of the planet. In the meantime, lets sell some coffee or something else.