Agritourism has positively impacted Panama, providing added value to farms. Recently, the Ministry of Agricultural Development (MIDA) helped organize the first national conference titled "Strengthening Community Rural Eco-Agritourism: The European Experience", led by two guest speakers from Spain.
The World Bank (WB) announced the results of this year's Doing Business ranking, in which Panama achieved an escalation of six positions, from 61st up to 55th. The latest report, which assesses the ease of doing business in 189 countries around the world, ranks the isthmus number one in Central America and the fifth country in Latin America, coming in after Chile (34th), Peru (42nd), Colombia (43rd), and Mexico (53rd).
In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of a patriotic movement, Andrés Villa has written his fifth novel, entitled The 9th of January. The author compiled testimonies of those who witnessed the episodes that day when Panamanians struggled to restore their national dignity.
At the National Competitiveness Forum, the General Manager of the Panama Tourism Authority, Salo Shamah, named connectivity, infrastructure, and products as the three categories in which the tourism sector has contributed towards Panama's high marks in global competitiveness.