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FLORIDA COLLABORATES ON STRENGTHENING PANAMANIAN BANK REGULATION

The Narcotics Affairs Section of the US Embassy Panama on behalf of IPACOOP (the National Cooperatives Association) invited veteran volunteer Antonio Fernandez, Miami, to return to Panama to conduct training at their national conference August 24-25, 2003. A former FAVACA board member, Fernandez recently retired as area manager of the banking regulation arm of Florida’s fiscal watchdog agency. Fernandez provided an updated training on the detection of money laundering with a focus on new regulations related to the USA PATRIOT act. Over 350 participants representing 178 cooperatives attended the two day of workshop.

PANAMANIAN JUDICIAL REFORM PROGRAM GETS BOOST.

La Alianza Ciudadana Pro Justicia (ACPJ) is a network of Panamanian institutions working to involve citizens in the judicial reform process. Executive Director Magaly Castillo requested assistance in improving the marketing of their social programs. The ACPJ will have an opportunity to make presentations to a major meeting of Panamanian business executives in April. The goal is to convince business leaders to invest in social programs. Veteran volunteer Gabriel Parra, Pembroke Pines, worked with Castillo, 9 members of her staff and the ACPJ board March 30 - April 3, 2003, on a review of their fundraising strategies and materials. ACPJ also invited other local non-profits for an afternoon fundraising workshop with Parra. Parra worked with a group of 25 individuals on fundraising strategy. This project was funded by USAID-Panama

PANAMANIAN NGO BUILDS FOR THE FUTURE.

Volunteer consultant Frank O’Connor, Sarasota, returned to Panama for follow-up work with his friends at APRONAD February 2-7, 2003. O’Connor has assisted the Panamanian NGO in developing strategies for strengthening the agency including management practices, fund raising techniques, forming a board of directors, forming a consortium of local non-profits, and increasing APRONAD’s visibility in the community. This visit was aimed at improving structures for the board of directors. O’Connor consulted with staff, attended a formal presentation of projects to the board and general public and participated in a round-table discussion of his work with APRONAD for other local non-profits. O’Connor met with nearly 50 individuals during his stay. APRONAD is a local environmental organization focusing on solid waste management and promoting local ecotourism. Mr. O’Connor, now retired, lived in Panama for several years while an executive for Kodak.

FLORIDA ARCHAEOLOGISTS PROTECT CULTURAL HERITAGE IN PANAMA.

Florida State University maritime archaeologist Dr. Cheryl Ward, with FSU colleague anthropologist Dr. Rochelle Marrinan and Florida Department of State underwater archaeologist Dr. Roger Smith consulted with the government of Panama October 30 - November 6, 2002. The team reviewed an underwater site thought to be one of Colombus’s ships, and established a field school in underwater archaeology to be offered in 2003.

PANAMANIAN UNIVERSITY DEVELOPS FUND RAISING STRATEGY.

Professor Maria Eugenia de Aleman, vice rector of Post Graduate Studies and Research for the University of Santa Maria La Antigua (USMA in Spanish) in Panama requested technical assistance for her staff. USMA is establishing an Alumni Association and, specifically, a fund raising strategy for the university. Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations at Barry University Carol Evanco, Biscayne Park, traveled to Panama July 29-August 2, 2002. Evanco worked with 10 staff members on organizational structure, competitive analysis of the university, student-related issues, and the necessity for outcomes and assessment analysis. Additionally, they covered alumni relations and an introduction to fund raising.

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