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News Release
FOR RELEASE - September 27, 2007
Contact: Aaron Ellis, aellis@aapa-ports.org
703-254-7098

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Panama President Torrijos to Address Seaports Association Convention on Oct. 2

Panamanian President Martín Torrijos Espino, credited with leading his country's electorate to approve a $5.25 billion public bond measure to pay for more than doubling the existing capacity of the Panama Canal by 2014, will give the keynote address during a luncheon in his honor on Tuesday, Oct. 2, at the American Association of Port Authorities' (AAPA) Annual Convention in Norfolk (www.portofvirginia.com/AAPAwebsite/aapa_main.html). 

Prior to his address on the Panama Canal expansion project and the impacts it will have on world trade, AAPA will present Pres. Torrijos with its prestigious "Port Person of the Year" award.

WHO: His Excellency, Martín Torrijos Espino, President of the Republic of Panama
WHAT:
Receiving AAPA's "Port Person of the Year" award and giving the keynote address for the Association's 96th Annual Convention
WHEN:
Tuesday, Oct. 2, 12:30 - 2 p.m.
WHERE:
Norfolk Marriott Waterside Hotel, 4th Floor Ballroom, 235 E Main St., Norfolk, Va.
WHY:
To recognize Pres. Torrijos as an individual whose outstanding leadership and service has made a significant contribution to public port authorities and maritime commerce in the Western Hemisphere

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