Panama

 

At the recommendation of a Florida Senator, Kaiser was asked to assist Panamanians with the closure of 14 American military bases scheduled to be closed in Panama on December 31, 1999 in conjunction with the transfer of the Panama Canal.  The economic challenges for all sectors of Panamanian society were overwhelming.  Kaiser was asked to organize and lead a delegation of five international base closure experts to Panama.  The delegation included a former Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, a Mayor, a representative from Germany’s renowned Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC) and Kaiser as a local government expert.  But it was Kaiser’s speech and his popular Grass-roots Approach that was cited three separate times in the final report by conference rapporteurs  as the way forward for Panamanians, including, requiring all members of Panama’s civil society to participate in the conversion process.

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