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As early as October of last year, the Panamanian government announced its intention to launch a comprehensive national reform and reconstruction plan. In the weeks that followed, members of the government met with representatives of all political parties, businesses, professional associations and organized civil society to convince them to join forces across party lines and particular interests. Then, on November 26, 2020, President Cortizo officially announced the beginning of the process to create the Bicentennial Pact.
By the end of November 2021, the Pact should be filled with content and completed as a program of action in terms of content. The historical background of the Pacto Bicentenario is the bicentennial of the independence of the present-day states of Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador and Panama, as well as parts of Peru and Guyana, from the colonial power Spain in 1819/1821, which at that time had united to form Gran Colombia (Republic of Colombia) under President Simón Bolívar.
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