Panama Canal dismisses WikiLeaks

Alberto Aleman Zubieta: Alberto Aleman Zubieta: "I'm not going to pay much attention to those types of things... I look at the factual reality"
Industry Database

The Panama Canal’s administration has dismissed the apparent doubt outlined by the “WikiLeaks” quotes on the Canal expansion’s viability.

Panamanian president Ricardo Martinelli and vice president Juan Carlos Varela seemed to be criticising the Spanish-based GUPC Consortium's competence earlier this year, saying the expansion was a “disaster”.

Consortium Grupo Unidos por el Canal (GUPC), which is composed of Sacyr Vallehermoso, Impregilo SpA, Jan De Nul and Constructora Urbana was one of three consortia vying for the largest of the contracts under the Canal’s expansion program. “GUPC garnered the highest total points for both its technical and price scores,” says the authority, underlining its choice.

Commenting directly on the leaked cables at a press conference, Mr Aleman said, "I'm not going to pay much attention to those types of things." He went on to say, "I look at the factual reality."

"All of you have witnessed several occasions in which both of them, the president and the vice president, publicly demonstrated and expressed their support for this project," Mr Aleman added, inviting reporters to come and see the work for themselves.

Mr Aleman also said that President Martinelli has recently reiterated "his government's support for this important work”.

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