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  March 27, 2003

Panama today deposited ratification instruments for the Inter-American Convention on the International Amateur Radio Permit, an Organization of American States (OAS) treaty adopted in Montrouis, Haiti, in June 1995.

Delivering the instruments of ratification, Panamanian Ambassador to the OAS Juan Manuel Castulovich said the move by his government was “another part of its policy to not merely sign conventions but to also ratify, respect and implement them, as they form the basis of our coexistence as civilized nations of the Hemisphere.”

Accepting the documents, OAS Assistant Secretary General Luigi Einaudi recalled that at their first Summit of the Americas, in Miami in 1994, the Hemisphere’s leaders all declared that a country’s information infrastructure is vital to its political, economic, social and cultural development and that the region has tremendous needs.”

The Inter-American Convention on the International Amateur Radio Permit entered into force in February 1996. So far, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, El Salvador, Panama, Peru and Trinidad and Tobago have ratified it.

Under the treaty, authorized amateur radio operators from one member state can also be permitted to operate on a temporary basis in another member state, without undergoing any additional examinations, but fully respecting national sovereignty over the use of the radio spectrum.

Reference: E-068/03