Brazilian President, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in the company of President Martín Torrijos and the Panama Canal Authority
(ACP) Administrator/CEO Alberto Alemán Zubieta at the Miraflores Locks control room.
A week after Brazili
an President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva toured the Panama Canal with a delegation of Brazilian investors, El Salvadoran President Elías Antonio Saca visited the Canal as part of an official two-day tour to the country.
President Saca visited the Miraflores Locks in the company of Panamanian President Martín
Torrijos and the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) Administrator/CEO Alberto Alemán Zubieta. They
briefed him on the Canal Expansion Project and the leaders discussed its importance to the
Like his Brazilian counterpart the week before, President Saca applauded ACP’s plan for
expansion and, in a public statement thanking President Torrijos and the ACP, President Saca
echoed Lula’s thoughts about this important project.
President Lula’s visit to Panama was part of a tour through Central American countries focused
on promoting cooperation agreements and Brazilian investments in the region. Brazil is the 18th
largest user of the interoceanic waterway by trade flow, according to 2006 ACP data.