Panama Ship Registry's 100° anniversary celebrated in Genoa
Consul Montenegro pointed out: “Ours is not a flag of convenience!”
The first diplomatic relations between Panama and Italy date back to January the 15th 1904: 113 years of close friendship relations and collaboration between the two countries, that reached their latest agreement this year to avoid double taxation and prevent tax evasion as regards income taxes.
On the occasion of the National Republic Day and to celebrate the 100° anniversary of the Ship Registry, the Panama Consulate General in Genoa organized a cocktail party in the beautiful Palazzo della Meridiana, in the heart of Genoa's historic town centre.
During her brief welcome speech, Panama Consul General in Genoa since 2015 Noemi Montenegro explained that Panama should not be regarded as a flag of convenience: “To ensure utmost transparency, our ship register has long been complying with all the provisions of international maritime law and, besides bulk carriers, it is working to diversify the fleet flying the Panamanian flag, amounting to 20% of the world's fleet”.
The Panama Consulate is active in all the main ports worldwide to provide a meeting point between Panama Maritime Authority and shipowners. “The Republic of Panama boasts a huge growth rate and we hope that Italian companies, and especially Genoese ones, will transfer their know-how and experience to Panama”, Consul Montenegro concluded.
The celebration was attended by institutions (Prefecture, Customs Agency, DIGOS), diplomatic corps (USA, Russia, Switzerland, Germany, Costa Rica, Albania, Great Britain, Romania, Thailand, France, Dominican Republic, Peru, Turkey), law firms (Dardani, Mordiglia, Garbarino Vergani, Boi, De André), Ligurian Maritime Directorate Head Admiral Giovanni Pettorino, Ligurian Military Corps Commander Colonel Gianfranco Francescon and Guardia di Finanza Regional Commander General Francesco Mattana.
The shipping community was represented by: Fabrizio Vettosi (VSL), Carolina Villa (SCS), Filippo Gallo (Finsea), Alberto Banchero (banchero costa), Alessandra Burke (Burkmar Shipping), Mihai Sagau (Sagau Shipping), Enrico Raugi (Genoa Sea Brokers), Francesco Barbieri Saraceno (Bravo tankers), Paola Armocida (Wartsila), Paola Bruzzone (Costa Crociere), Andrea Cosulich (F.lli Cosulich), Luigi Risso (Cambiaso Risso).