On May 5, Panama—a global transit and commerce hub—will hold elections to determine its next president, members of the National Assembly, and local government officials. The election comes at a pivotal moment: from social protests last year to a drought affecting Panama Canal transit and a recent decision on investment-grade rating. In its first hundred days, the next government will face these inherited challenges— many of which carry repercussions far beyond its borders.

What should we be looking for as results come in for the May 5 vote? How should the president-elect begin to address constraints to Panama’s economic growth? What are the regional implications?

Ahead of this election, join the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center on Thursday, May 2, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. (EDT) / 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. (UTC−5), for a virtual conversation on the road ahead for Panama’s next government as voters prepare to head to the ballot box.


Felipe Chapman
Managing Partner and Chairman of the Board
Former CEO and Chairman
Panama Stock Exchange

Adolfo Fábrega
Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture of Panama

Amb. Paulina Franceschi
Former Ambassador of Panama to Austria and Permanent Representative to the International Organizations in Vienna
Former Deputy Permanent Representative of Panama to the United Nations

Lisa M. Schineller
Managing Director & Lead Analyst, Sovereign & International Public Finance Ratings
S&P Global Ratings

Rita Vásquez
Editorial Director
La Prensa

Jason Marczak
Vice President and Senior Director, Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center
Atlantic Council

María Fernanda Bozmoski
Deputy Director, Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center
Atlantic Council

Felipe Félix Méndez
Assistant Director, Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center
Atlantic Council

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