The Panamanian Mar Viva Foundation commended the decision made by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) to regulate the capture and trade of five species of sharks and two of manta rays, and called on Central American authorities and fishermen to comply with the measure.
On the day before the start of the 54th Annual Meeting of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), its president Luis Alberto Moreno toured the construction site of the new Panama Canal locks on the Atlantic coast.
For the fourth consecutive year, Panama will host the International Tourism Expo, this year to take place from September 20 to 21. The fair is a specialized event that brings together the biggest tour operators, airlines, hotels, cruise lines, golf clubs, shopping malls, receptive tour operators, travel companies, convention organizers and sea and land transport industry suppliers in Latin America.
Major works of art by the master painter and sculptor Fernando Botero will be on display at the First Biennial of the South in Panama "Summoning Worlds", an exhibition that will be open to the public as of April 16, 2013 in the Panama Canal Museum.

What better time than this period of solemn penance to go on a religious tour of the region's most important churches.

For Catholics, Holy Week is a time for reflection; for tourists, it is the ideal moment to visit colonial churches, observe golden altars and learn a little more of the history behind the Spanish conquest.