Panama’s president Varela – What is he up to?
Blog by Andres Lay
Last edition we told you about our Mayor here in Boquete, Panama, and all the work he has taken on and what he is planning to do in the following months.
Well, he is not the only one. Now we would like to tell you about the new President Varela here in Panama.
Some background about the President:
Juan Carlos Varela R. was born in Panama on December 12, 1963. He completed primary and secondary level education in the Javier College. He graduated in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech University, United States. He is married to a journalist Lorena Castillo and is a father of three children.
In the private sector he led the growth of a Panamanian company that has over 100 years of history, which has created thousands of jobs in our country, called Varela Hermanos, SA. There he served as a director since 1985 and executive vice president until January 2008. With a large social view from the private sector, Varela supported and promoted projects for culture, sports, education, folklore and the environment.
He was elected Vice President of the Republic of Panama in July 2009 and in just two years in office in the Government, he met the social promises made during the campaign, including Program 100 to 70, the minimum wage increase, the Project Curundú and the Universal Fellowship, among others.
On March 17th, 2013, Juan Carlos Varela became the presidential candidate for the Panamanian Party and on August 25th of the same year, he was proclaimed candidate of the Alliance "People First", formed by the Panamanian Party and the Popular Party, with the support of independent sectors. On May 4, 2014, Varela was elected President of the Republic of Panama for the constitutional period 2014-2019
What he has already achieved:
• The province of Colon started the complete renovation of urban infrastructure and recovery of abandoned historic buildings and sites of national interest. This plan will benefit over 25,000 people from Colon by building up to five thousand units of housing, which will be complemented by other infrastructure
• The Government achieved the most important price reduction in the last 10 years - the implementation of the Emergency Price Control of 22 products of the basic staple foods. This program Read More...