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Want to issue drivers licences?

 Tender: $62 million for Driver's Licenses
A tender is being launched in Panama for a service to issue driver's licenses and vehicle ownership cards, as well as issuance of cards for weights and dimensions, for a term of 10 years.


EDITOR: Privatizing drivers licence and car ownership could solve many problems!!


Article about Panama: The Musical in Best Places To Retire


Panama's economy continues to surge ahead

 From a report by the Comptroller General of the Republic.

The Monthly Index of Economic Activity (IMAE) in the Republic, for the period January - May 2017, grew by 6.49%, compared to the same period in 2016.


Noriega Dead at 83

General Manuel Noriega, the brutal dictator who ruled Panama from 1983 to 1989 died in St Thomas Hospital Monday May 29 at 11 PM.


TV series, Movies and Books for sale this Sunday

 BOOKS, DVD's on sale this Sunday

On Sunday May 21, at 10 am, the Rotary Club of Playa Coronado will be selling approximately 1000 new books and DVD's at Picasso in Coronado.


Off to London


We are honoured to have been selected to be showcased in London's West End New Musical Festival:

Over 300 submissions were recieved and 20 selected to be showcased in front of the world's leading producers, directors and talent agent. 

Our song, WANTED written by Yolanda van der Kolk-Brown and Tara Van Der Kolk will be performed by a professional West End singer and pianist at The Other Palace Theater (owned by Andrew Lloyd Webber) on Monday August 14, 2017.

"We are so excited we can't sleep. We will have our Panamanian flags flying high that night" says Rob Brown - Co-writer and Co-Producer. 

Origionally from Canada, Rob and Yolanda have lived in Panama full time since 2017, and have passed their citizenship exams. "This show is our tribute to our adopted country. We hope to make all of Panama proud" says Yolanda.

The World Premiere will be February 1, 2018 at The Ateneo Theater, in the Ciudad Del Saber, Panama City, to be followed by the North American premiere in Toronto on Nov 3, 2018.


Panama's Economy Continues to Grow

Construction value in Panama Up 21% 
In the first half of the year the value of new construction, additions and repairs amounted to $1,16 billion, 21% more than in the same period in 2016.


New Tourist stay rules

 NEW RULES governing the length of time tourists can stay in the country went into effect on Wednesday, May 31. It is aimed primarily at residents from Colombia, Nicaragua and Venezuela.

The new rule establishes a maximum time of stay of 90 days as a tourist in the country of 90 days. Previously it was 180 days.


Retirement Detectives about to break through 2.5 million hits!!!

 2.5 million hits. WOW - that is a tremendous achievement.  I am very proud that so many have found value in what I have written. I will continue to try to live up to your expectations, and provide the good, the bad and the bizarre about life in Panama.

Casting for PANAMÁ: THE MUSICAL underway

Principal castings meetings were hed last Monday. Full auditions and casting will be Saturday July 15th.


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