New Zealand and Panama have a relationship largely based on trade, with dairy exports from New Zealand to Panama forming the majority of trade between the two countries. In recent years, the construction of “super yachts” in New Zealand and their subsequent export to Panama has added to the trade relationship. New Zealand also engages with Panama through SICA, the Central American Integration System (external link).
NZ Exports (2014) NZ$42.4 million
Main exports Dairy products, plastics
NZ Imports (2014) NZ$777,000
Main imports Miscellaneous chemical
Source: Statistics New Zealand (year to December 2014)
In October 2013 the Special Envoy of the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Lucy Duncan, visited Panama to attend the Ibero-American Summit.
The New Zealand Embassy in Mexico City has been accredited to Panama since 2013 (external link). There is a New Zealand Honorary Consul in Panama City (contact information: here) with the first Honorary Consul, Mr. Fernando Sucre, being appointed in December 2013.
The Panamanian Embassy in Singapore is accredited to New Zealand (external link).
Panama is eligible for New Zealand Development Scholarships (NZDS). For more information visit the New Zealand Development Scholarships (external link) page on the New Zealand Embassy in Mexico website.
Panama is also eligible for small-grant funding under the Head of Mission Fund (HOMF), administered by the New Zealand Embassy in Mexico City. The Head of Mission Fund is a modest grant-scheme to allow the Embassy to support activities that directly contribute to poverty elimination and that meet development needs.
The New Zealand Safe Travel website has comprehensive information including advice on travel to Panama (external link).