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Dialogue in Panama has not reached a consensus, protests continue

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Dialogue in Panama has not reached a consensus, protests continue

Panama City, Jul 22 (Prensa Latina) The single dialogue table set up in Panama between the government and social organizations, on its second day of debates on Friday, has not reached a consensus on the food issue, and protests continue.
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Economist Maribel Gordon, spokeswoman for several popular groups, reiterated the urgency to reduce and freeze the rampant prices of the basic family basket worth some 1,600 dollars per month opposite low salaries to meet the elementary needs of most of the population.

In this regard and on behalf of popular groups, she considered that food prices should be reduced by 30 percent and there should be an effective office to regulate them to curb the existing speculation

Gordon cited statistics from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization ( FAO) that indicate that from 2010 to 2021, some 200,000 people in Panama suffered from undernutrition and from the World Bank, from 2019, that assure that 16 percent of children under 5 years of age suffer from anemia.

She also recalled reports by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) that indicated that Panama is the country of the region that depends on foodstuff imports the most, so she urged to protect domestic producers.

Deputy Minister of Agricultural Development, Carlos Rognoni, proposed the temporary reduction of the basic family basket by 15 percent for three extendable months, without affecting domestic producers.

Rognoni suggested including more mass consumption products, such as household care products and the elimination of the import tariff on these items, without affecting their marketing margin.

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