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year, on April 29, International Dance Day has been celebrated since
1981 by UNESCO to commemorate the birth of Jean-Georges Noverre,
innovator and student of the art of dance, master and creator of modern
In the framework of these celebrations, the National Institute of
Culture – INAC and the National Ballet of Panama will carry out a series
of presentations in different venues of the city, between Monday, April
17 and Thursday, May 4.
The activities will begin on Monday, April 17, with an exhibition of
costumes and photographs of the National Ballet of Panama at the Juan
Manuel Cedeño Gallery of INAC, located in Plaza de Francia. The
exhibition will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. until
Friday, April 28.
On Saturday, April 26 at 8 p.m. the dancers of the National Ballet
will perform using the “Convento de la Concepción”, part of the Complex
of Panama Viejo, as a stage. The audience will enjoy a special gala of
dancing of the highest level.
Later, on Saturday, April 29, at 5 p.m., International Dance Day will
be celebrated in the Plaza del Sol, located inside the Multiplaza
Pacific Mall, with an exclusive presentation of the National Ballet.
On Sunday April 30, at 3 p.m. a “Flashmob” (surprise dance) will be
held in the Central Plaza of the Metromall Shopping Center. To conclude
the live performances of the National Ballet, on Thursday, May 4 there
will be a performance at the Auditorium of the Panama Technological
University – UTP at 8 p.m.
In addition to these activities, from Tuesday, 18 to Friday, April
21, a Dance Film Cycle will be organized by INAC and the Experimental
University Film Group – GECU, with films every day at 7 p.m., projected
at The GECU.
By The Visitor Panama
This and all activities organized by INAC are totally free. For more information call 501-4150 or visit INAC.gob.pa
The economy of
Panama will grow 5.4% this year 2017, according to the World Bank in its report
'Contra viento y marea: Fiscal policy in Latin America and the Caribbean from a
The study reveals yesterday that Panama will lead economic growth in Latin
America and the Caribbean, followed by the Dominican Republic with 4.9% and
Nicaragua with 4.5%.
The Bank's projection, released in an Internet conference, is four percentage
points lower than that projected by the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF),
which this year expects the country's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to reach
According to the MEF, Panama's growth will be based on the dynamism of the
construction, mining and quarrying, financial intermediation and electricity,
gas and water supply sectors.
The calculation of the MEF coincides with that given by the International
Monetary Fund (IMF).
For its part, for this year the Economic Commission for Latin America and the
Caribbean (ECLAC) projects that the Panamanian economy will have a rebound in
the order of 5.9%.
Raúl Moreira, director of Economic and Social Analysis at MEF, explained to the
media that the growth estimate for the Panamanian economy will continue to
exceed the average in Latin America.
ESTIMATED FOR 2018
The estimates given yesterday by the World Bank are based on Consensus
Forecasts calculations, which are expected to increase GDP by 1.5% this year
and 2.5% by 2018, ending six Years of economic slowdown, including a recession
in the last two years.
In the online press conference, the Bank argues that, if materialized, the
expected recovery in Brazil and Argentina will largely explain the return to
growth in the region. Mexico is expected to grow about 1.4%, while Central
America and the Caribbean will maintain a steady growth rate of around 3.8%.
Carlos Végh, the World Bank's chief economist for Latin America and the
Caribbean, said that Latin America and the Caribbean have traditionally been
pro-cyclical, either because of political pressure to raise spending during the
boom or because of lack of access To international capitals in difficult
"As a result, they often fell into a procyclical fiscal trap, which led to
more government debt and fiscal deficits, as well as lower credit ratings,
leaving them few options to reverse the situation," the Bank
In response to the global financial crisis of 2008, the number of Latin
American countries with countercyclical fiscal policies increased from 10 to
45%. Countries such as Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala,
Mexico, Paraguay and Peru began to increase public spending or to lower taxes
in an attempt to stimulate the economy. Although these measures resulted in
fiscal deficits, they were the result of a concerted effort to minimize the
On the other hand, those countries that continued their pro-cyclical policies
should now further consolidate their fiscal accounts if they are to minimize
the risk of deterioration in their credit rating and an increase in funding
expenditure, according to the World Bank report.