Location: Panama, the southern-most of the Central American nations, is a narrow strip of territory at the southern end of the isthmus separating North and South America. Panama declared its independence from Colombia on November 3, 1903. In 1979, Panama assumed sovereignty over what was previously known as the Panama Canal Zone and now called the Canal Area.
Panama Canal: Control over the 81.6 km waterway Panama Canal, linking Atlantic and the Pacific oceans, had long been a bone of contention between the US and Panama. On January 1, 2000, Panama took full control of the Canal, 785 years after the strategic waterway was opened.
Chief Crops: The soil is extremely fertile but nearly one half of the land is uncultivated. The chief crops are bananas, coffee, pineapple, cocoa and cereals. Shrimp fishing is important. There are excellent timber resources, notably mahogany.
Industry: Oil refining, sugar, food processing, international banking.
Mission in India:
Embassy of Panama
Post Box No. 3168, Jor Bagh
New Delhi - 110 003, India
Tel: 91 - 11 - 2464 2518, 2462 7890
Fax: 91 - 11 - 2464 2350
Indian Mission in Panama:
Embassy of India
No. 10325, Avenida Federico Boyd Y Calle 51
Bella Vista, Post Box No. 8400
Panama, Republic of Panama
Tel: 00 - 507 - 2642416, 2643043, 2648780
Fax: 00 - 507 - 2642855