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The United States and Panama Expand Security Cooperation

January 22, 2014
Panama’s Director General for Civil Aviation, Captain Rafael Barcenas Chiari and U.S. Ambassador Jonathan Farrar

Panama’s Director General for Civil Aviation, Captain Rafael Barcenas Chiari and U.S. Ambassador Jonathan Farrar

Today U.S. Ambassador Jonathan Farrar and Panama’s Director General for Civil Aviation, Captain Rafael Barcenas Chiari, signed two bilateral agreements that will provide an important framework for civil aviation security cooperation between the United States and Panama. These represent the first ever formal agreements between the Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Panama’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).  The agreements will allow the TSA and the CAA to work to implement improved security standards and procedures and to safeguard air transportation services. These agreements promote overall civil aviation security.  Specific areas of cooperation will include: improving technical and managerial expertise; enhancing civil aviation security standards and operations; sharing information and best practices; and participating in joint projects that strengthen aviation security.

Ambassador Farrar stated that, “These agreements reflect the strong partnership we have with Panama on many issues including security cooperation. We look forward to working with Panama to strengthen aviation security and make the skies safer for all.”

Director General Bárcenas expressed that, ‘What we have concluded here today comprises another important effort for the consolidation of good relations between our two governments.  These agreements fit perfectly within the framework developed by the CAA to improve cooperation and aviation security for the benefit of all interested parties.’

For more information on the Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration (TSA) visit their website at http://www.tsa.gov/es/español.

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