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Article by Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu published in La Estrella de Panamá, 28 April 2022

In the past, one might justifiably comment that the geographical distance was a determinant factor for closer relations between countries. Today, Türkiye’s excellent and ever-enhancing relations with Panama clearly challenge this claim.

Just twenty years ago, Türkiye was represented in the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) region with only 6 Embassies. Its trade volume with the region was around 1 billion US Dollars. Following our outreach policy towards LAC countries, we now have one of the biggest diplomatic networks in the region with 17 Embassies. This growing interest towards Latin America had a multiplier effect in economic relations as well, raising Türkiye’s trade volume with the region to 15 billion US Dollars.

Besides, Turkish Airlines established direct flight routes to 7 countries and 8 destinations, including Panama, creating an air bridge between our regions and facilitating both our economic cooperation and people-to-people ties.

Türkiye’s international development agency TİKA is also active in Latin America with two resident offices, providing assistance to local communities in need, in the areas of health, education, agricultural production, rural development and women empowerment among many others. The number of projects TİKA completed in the region almost reached 500.

Our relations with the region in the fields of culture and education are also enhancing day by day. So far, Türkiye provided nearly 500 scholarships to Latin American students. We have recently opened a Cultural Center in Colombia, which will be followed by other Cultural Centers soon.

Within this wider framework, we attach great importance to our relations with Panama. With its democracy, stability, liberal economy and unique geographic location, Panama is one of our most important partners in Latin America.

Since the reciprocal opening of our Embassies in 2014 and 2015 respectively, our relations have gained a particular momentum. Our bilateral trade volume surpassed 300 million US Dollars, although we believe it is still far from reflecting the real potential.

So increasing our trade volume is certainly a shared priority for us. But we are also keen to enhance our cooperation with Panama in areas such as energy, agriculture, maritime commerce and of course construction. Turkish construction companies enjoy a rightful reputation in this field thanks to many important and successful projects they have undertaken throughout the world. Knowing that construction is one of the driving forces of the Panamanian economy, we believe that Turkish companies can immensely contribute to many projects in Panama with their high-quality performance, including in the form of joint ventures.

Beyond the confines of our bilateral cooperation, Türkiye considers Panama as a gateway to reach out to the entire Latin American region, given its strategic location as a lynchpin between oceans and continents. Being at the crossroads of European, Asian and African continents, we believe that Türkiye offers opportunities for Panamanian business enterprises to expand in the wider region.

We also see Panama as an important partner and value its experiences in the fields of climate change and environmental protection. Indeed, Panama’s achievements in becoming one of the three carbon negative countries in the world as well as in becoming a Blue Leader by reaching 30x30 Ocean Protection Goals deserve all the praise.

We have laid a solid foundation for academic and cultural cooperation through close relations established between our universities. We now wish to further develop these relations by expanding the scope and intensity of our Turkish language courses as well as by opening a Department of Turkish Culture and History in the Panama University.

Last year as part of the celebration of the bicentennial of the independence of Panama and some other Latin American countries, we have organized many concerts, exhibitions, culinary events and other activities to mark this important anniversary. As it is with Turkish TV series in Panama, Turkish people also loved Panamanian culture and we are now looking forward to a more enhanced cooperation with Panama in the field of culture.

In conclusion, what we have achieved in our relations so far is remarkable. But, there is a lot more to do. On its part, Türkiye certainly looks forward to further deepening and diversifying its relations with Panama in many areas. Today, I have the honor of being the first Turkish Foreign Minister to realize a bilateral visit to Panama in the history of our relations. I am confident that this be followed up by many more mutual high-level visits. As a matter of fact, our parliamentarians have already made a lot of progress in establishing closer relations through intensive contacts. Now the rest of our governmental and private sectors should follow suit. Let us seize this momentum.