THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF PANAMA

Dr. Alejandro Ferrer
The Vice President of the Republic of Panama and Minister of Foreign Affairs

 

He was born in Panama on February 1, 1967 into the family of Enna López de Ferrer and Alejandro Ferrer Stanziola. He is married to Irene Arias Galindo with whom he had two daughters.

He graduated from La Salle College and continued university studies at the USMA, where in 1990, he graduated in Law and Political Science, cum laude.

In 1992 he obtained the Master's Degree in Law and in 2000, the Doctorate in the Science of Law at the University of Michigan, as a Fullbright Fellow. He also participated in a course on Global Leadership and Public Policies for the 21st Century at Harvard University.

In 1993 he acted as Legal Advisor of the Accession Commission of Panama to the GATT and until 1994, he became Deputy Permanent Representative to that body. Between 1998 and 1999 he was a member of the Presidential Commission against Money Laundering, and in the periods 1996-1999 and 2008-2009, he was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Between 1994 and 1995 he served as Permanent Representative Ambassador to the WTO in Geneva, Switzerland and Alternate Ambassador to the UN and other international organizations. Between 1995 and 1996, he was Counselor of Foreign Trade at the Embassy of Panama in Washington.

Between 1996 and 1997 he was Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs.

During the period between 2004 and 2008, he served as Minister of Commerce and Industries. He is a Partner of Alemán, Cordero, Galindo & Lee.

During his tenure as Minister, he achieved, through appropriate promotion policies, that Panama will exceed one billion in exports for the first time for several years. It also promoted the Multinational Headquarters Law, which has managed to attract more than 150 world-renowned companies to the country, generating thousands of jobs.

Among other awards, Dr. Ferrer received in 2008 the title of Global Young Leader of the World Economic Forum and the Integrity Award, Government Ethics category, of the Panamanian Chapter of Transparency International. During his tenure, he was recognized together with the Electoral Tribunal as the entities with the greatest transparency in the obligation to inform by the Pro-Justice Citizen Alliance.

He was president of the Amador Foundation (Museum of Biodiversity) from 2006 to 2013. He is a CALI fellow.

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Bolívar Palace

 

Historical background...

At the end of the 17th century, part of the building now called the Bolívar Palace was built. At that time it was the Franciscan convent. After the independence of Spain in 1821, it was expropriated by the government of New Granada and became a military barracks, a hospital for foreigners, the Simón Bolívar Institute and La Salle College.

Important events took place at the Palace of Bolivar, such as the amphyric Congress convened by the Liberator Simón Bolívar in 1826 or the drafting of the first Constitution of the Republic of Panama in 1904.

In 1999, the Bolivar Palace was designated to conform to Panama's Agreement with the United Nations, which declared the meeting room of the Franciscan convent a World Heritage site in 1997.

During the 10th Ibero-American Summit in 2000, the meeting room was inaugurated. The Protocols of the Isthmus, the original documents of the Amphictyonic Congress, as well as replica of the sword "Espada Sol" used by Simón Bolívar friendly gesture of Venezuela, is here. The original of the sword "Espada Sol", designed in carat gold and with 1374 diamonds, is in Venezuela and was a gift from Peru to the Liberator.

The Bolivar Palace has a neocolonial architecture and is the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 2003.

 

The Bolivar Museum

The Bolivar Museum is protected from the weather by a glass camera and has 2 exhibitions.

 

Archaeological discoveries

During excavation work in the central courtyard of the convent, part of the original 17th-century structure, known as "Las Crujías" (underground canals carrying water), was discovered.

 

The four pavilions

In the center of the Bolivar Palace, a square in honor of the Liberators and all those who fought for Latin American independence, was built. In its center is "Rosa de los Vientos" which leads to each of the pavilions of the palace.

The four pavilions that the Bolivar Palace is composed are:
• Joan of Arc (1921)
• Juan Bautista de La Salle (1926)
• Constitution (1931)
• Centenary (2003)

 

The Bolivarian society of Panama

Founded in 1926 at the Pan American Congress commemorating the centennial of the Amphictyonic Congress of 1826.
This congress approved the founding of the Bolivarian Society in all the nations of Latin America, to venerate the memory and the ideals of the Liberator.
The Bolivarian Society of Panama was established by a founding act of July 20, 1929, and is located in the Jeanne d'Arc Pavilion.