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Sacyr and Panama Canal’s affair to end with “conceptual agreement”

MADRID | By Julia Pastor | Come to peace terms has not been easy for Spanish company Sacyr and Panama Canal Authority.  The pre-deal tacitly accepted by both parties mid February suffered a little setback some days later when hesitations of the project insurer as well as Spanish government’s prevented to sign the contract. On Thursday, the pre-deal became a “conceptual agreement” that hopefully will put a real end point to such a prolonged and complex diplomacy affair.



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Sacyr and Panama Canal Row Gives Nationalists Some Ammunition

LATAM CORRESPONDENT David Brunat | Across the Panamanian media political pundits are praising the firmness of their government in this dispute, blaming the GUPC and particularly Spanish firm Sacyr for the standoff and for putting Panama on the brink. The pulse has turned into a nationalistic claim and now foreign companies are being accused of misbehaving in Panama.

Sacyr and Panama make peace at last

MADRID | By Julia Pastor | It has been a long process plenty of gives and takes but Spanish company Sacyr and Panama Canal authority have agreed in principle over works’ finalisation at the inland waterway that connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific. The pre-deal is a cocktail mixing proposals of one side and the other: converting the $400 million insurance into a loan to enable the firm obtain external funds, and also an equally divided contribution of $100 million on each part. Furthermore, Panamian administrator will allow GUPC to postpone the repayment of $780 million anticipated in the contract. The international arbitration on $1,600 million in overun costs will continue parallel to project’s termination.

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INTERVIEW to Antonio Tajani: In the Panama Canal crisis, “Europeans speak with a unique voice. That’s already a message.”

BRUSSELS | By Jacobo de Regoyos | The consortium responsible for the Panama Canal expansion, led by Spanish company Sacyr, and the Panama Canal Authority (PCA) agreed on negotiating a new framework until next February 1 in order to achieve a definitive solution to the economic problems of the project and ensure its conclusion. EC Industry Commissioner and Vice-President is doing everything he can to make both parties come to terms. Although everyone is avoiding the word “mediation” not to interfere with the arbitration process set by contract, Antonio Tajani does want to mediate. However, at the time of this interview with The Corner he has not met with any person in charge of the Latin American country yet. The enthusiasm he showed offering his help has not been corresponded across the Atlantic so far.

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Panama Canal and Sacyr-led consortium, closer to a deal

The Corner Team | The Panama Canal Authority and the  building consortium Grupo Unidos por el Canal (GUPC), led by Spanish construction company Sacyr, have both agreed to put up at at least $100 million each to keep the canal work running. The big question remains who should pay for $1.6 billion in cost overruns. GUPC has asked the canal administrator for a $400 million advance. Some Spanish analysts believe they’ll reach an intermediate agreement, in which the Panamanian Government covers half of the costs (circa $800 million), although the consortium would have to sacrifice some profit margin. The Spanish government insists they will not give money “in any case”.