On the occasion of Panama’s National day, H.E. Ana Irene Delgado, Ambassador and Consul General of Panama to the United Kingdom hosted yesterday at lunch time a Reception at the Conservatory of the Millennium Gloucester Hotel in West Central London.
The event marks 110 years, a great anniversary after the separation of Panama from Colombia in 1903, following its independence from Spain in 1821. It marks also the Fifth Centennial of the Discovery of the South Sea (Pacific Ocean) by Vasco Nunez de Balboa. Thanks to the journey of Balboa to the South Sea in 1513, the role of Panama as a crossing point of the world remains unchanged even today, in the 21st Century, with one of the world’s most modern wonders, the Panama Canal!
Did I hear you say Panamax vessels? Did I hear you say BPI (Baltic Panamax Index)? They owe their existence to Panama! Now you know; now you know how important Panama and its Canal is; the most important waterway, carved from the world’s most important Isthmus. After the National Anthems of Panama (Himno National de Panama) and the British National Anthem – “God Save the Queen”, Her Excellency Mrs. Ana Irene Delgado delivered with exceptional national emotion one of the best ever welcome speeches – a great reference for Panama, its development in all fronts and in particular to the forthcoming opening of the new Panama Canal which greatly promotes and improves the status of her Nation, its people and furthering the world’s shipping trade to all intents and purposes.
Mr. Charles Gray, Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps also spoke. The event and its proceedings were directed by one of the best Toastmasters, and Master if Ceremonies Richard Palmer. The sponsors too, first the Gold ones Air France and KLM partners in Skyteam, and the Oxford School; then the Silver and Bronze ones Travelex and Baru Black Mountain Coffee respectively, offering their best support, with their representatives present.
Over 300 guests from all over the world attended as well as more than ten media agencies. Artists, Bankers, Consultants, Diplomats, Lawyers, Shipowners, you name it; where all there! We were more than privileged to have H.E. Ana Irene Delgado live on video offering to all our viewers a unique statement on this Anniversary and the Shipping in general. Please log herebelow and listen.
This event will be remembered for its vigour, pathos, networking, nice drinks and dips, soft music and the real grandeur that the Conservatory offers. Ah! and the dress-code colour: Blue! Many congratulations to the organisers the Panamanian Embassy in London… and see you all at the opening of the new Panama Canal!