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Excerpted from the Panama Career Guide

Online jobs pools, LinkedIn, jobs fairs and many other modern ways to find employment are becoming very popular in Panama, as in all of Latin America, but most work opportunities still are available only through traditional networking.

Business Organizations

Asociación Panameña de Ejecutivos de Empresa (APEDE)
Panamanian Association of Business Executives
http://www.apede.org/ (Spanish)
APEDE is a not-for-profit organization made up of local businesspeople, executives and professionals who want to improve and unite Panama’s business sector. It was founded in 1958, and has since worked to enhance Panama’s progress and development.

Avenida Justo Arosemena, Calle 31 (Frente a la Piscina Adán Gordón)
Panama City, Panama
Tel: +507-204-1500
Fax: +507-205-1510
Email: admportal@apede.org

Professional Associations

Asociación de Contadores Públicos Autorizados de Panama (ACONTAP)
Association of Official Public Accountants of Panama
http://www.acontapanama.org/  (Spanish)
This association represents public accountants in Panama and their interests. ACONTAP promotes the strengthening of relations between its members, provides training and professional programs, organizes professional and social events, and serves as a forum to discuss and analyze challenges faced by public accountants.

Tel: +507-227-0007
Fax: +507-225-6651
Email: info@acontapanama.org

Industry Organizations and Councils

Asociación Bancaria de Panamá
Banking Association of Panama
The Asociación Bancaria de Panama was founded in 1962 as a private, non-political, not-for-profit organization bringing together public and private banks in Panama. It works to promote Panama’s development by studying, improving and refining Panama’s banking system, and by setting consistent policy. In addition, it provides member banks with advice, technical consulting and arbitrage service.

Tel: +507-263-7044
Fax: +507-263-7783

Unions and Labor Organizations

Central Nacional de Trabajadores de Panamá (CNTP)
National Confederation of Panamanian Workers
http://www.cntppanama.org (Spanish)
CNTP is a trade union in Panama. The organization describes itself as a proactive organization that defends the rights of the workers and the popular class in general.

Tel: +507-221-4022 or +507-221-4033 or +507-224-1234 224-8808
Fax: +507-221-3971 or +507-224-0840
Email: Online contact form (Click on the contact tab after entering site)

Networking Groups

Club Unión Panamá
This is a social club with facilities for events and recreation. Many different activities are organized throughout the year, representing a broad spectrum of interests and emphases, including cultural, social, historical, pictorial, photography and sports.

Club Union Panama
Calle Tomás Gabriel Duque final, Paitilla
Post Office Box 0816-02959
Tel: +507-263-5233 or +507-208-5300 or +507-208-5301

Chambers of Commerce

Cámara de Comercio Industrias y Agriculura de Panamá (CCIAP)
Panama Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture
http://www.panacamara.com/ (Spanish and English)
CCIAP is a non-profit organization composed of local businesspeople that actively contributes to the full development of its associates’ commercial activities through different services. It was founded in 1915 and currently has more than 1,500 associated businesses across 15 different economic sectors.

Avenida Cuba y Ecuador, Calle 33A
Panama City, Panama
Tel: +507-207-3400
Email: info@panacamara.org

Major Trade Publications

Economy America
http://www.americaeconomia.com/ (Spanish and Portuguese)
AméricaEconomía, founded in 1986, is one of the leading business journals in Latin America and is regarded as the favorite multimedia news source of top Latin American executives. Its publishing offices are located in Santiago, Lima, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Sao Paulo and Miami. It provides unique coverage of trade developments from a Latin American standpoint. Every issue includes at least one article about Panama. In addition, it conducts a number of annual region-wide rankings for cities, companies, business schools and MBA programs. It is available in Spanish and Portuguese.

Tel: +56-2-2290-9500
Email: atencionclientes@americaeconomia.com

Telephone Directories, and Other Resources

Páginas Amarillas Panamá 
Panama Yellow Pages 
http://www.paginasamarillas.com.pa/ (Spanish and English) 
The Yellow Pages telephone directory provides 46 specialized sub-directories in alphabetical order, including schools, vehicles, tourism and agriculture. Access to the information is free of charge. It also provides information on climate and exchange rates. All of the information is provided in both Spanish and English.

This is just a sample of what you'll find in the complete Panama guide.

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