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      The Boquete Feria de Las Flores y del Café   01/12/2017

      The Boquete Feria de Las Flores y del Café begins Thursday, January 12th and runs until Sunday, January 22nd. For those who have not yet seen -- and experienced -- this magnificent fair, you are in for a treat, and some inconveniences. Most importantly, you must see all of the flowers and the tiendas at and around the Fair Grounds here in Boquete.  During these eleven days you also need to be extremely careful, especially while driving and in planning your activities. In recent years there have been well in excess of 100,000 visitors to Boquete. Last year that number was closer to 200,000, and some predictions for 2017's Fair are closer to 300,000 people coming to our area to see the Fair. Traffic congestion will be the norm. Getting seats in restaurants will be difficult at times. Parking spaces will essentially be nonexistent. Buying groceries may be difficult and time consuming. Busses will be parked on the side streets, making driving difficult. There will be lots (as in LOTS) of people walking, standing around the bridge and the Feria and the many tiendas (small shops and stands [kiosks]) while taking pictures, talking, viewing the scenery, etc. Please be extremely attentive while driving, and drive slowly. Some streets will be blocked and require passes to use them. Other streets will simply be blocked based on congestion. Please be careful of your personal items, such as purses and wallets. Having so many people in one area creates a prime target for pickpockets and other maliantes to do their thing. To repeat, most importantly, you must see all of the flowers and the tiendas at and around the Fair Grounds here in Boquete.  Three closing thoughts. First: enjoy. Second: be safe. Third: you might wish to post your pictures, comments, reviews, etc., here on CL (start a topic or reply to an existing topic in http://www.chiriqui.life/forum/118-boquete-feria-de-las-flores-y-del-café/).   To provide general feedback or ask for help regarding Chiriqui.Life, please leave a posting in Problems, Feedback and Suggestions or email support@chiriqui.life or private message to @Admin_01.
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JudyS

New minimum wage law 2016

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It is interesting to note that the average increase of the minimum wage or salary is around 8% in general.   It is obvious that workers and their unions are not happy because they consider it should be higher and they were aiming for something like 50% !!   For some of them it is not enough to cover the Canasta Basica Familiar but the increases are done based on the economy expectatives and in a way that doesnt affect the economy in general, the price level of goods and services and business.  

Those workers doesnt understand that it is the minimum wage and some workers are earning more than that.  Also that when the minimum wage or salary increase the other salary levels tend to accomodate accordingly and increase too.   

This chart is a good information for some of you that owns business and have people working for you.   

 

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An 8 percent increase in the minimum wage?? Soon places like "International Living" will need to raise their dollar estimate of necessary money to live in Panama.

Willing to pay more for better quality and good customer service (no talking to a friend on phone when I'm waiting to purchase an item).

There is a direct relationship between salaries and cost of items like tomatoes, eggs, rice, beans, and other items. As salaries go up so do all prices for other items.

Just my opinion but soon expats will choose another country for retirement living.

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I did a search for "Panama minimum wage law 2016" and this came up.  It's wrong.  It's the old law.  Could the moderator please delete the whole post?

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13 hours ago, JudyS said:

I did a search for "Panama minimum wage law 2016" and this came up.  It's wrong.  It's the old law.  Could the moderator please delete the whole post?

Never mind.  Hil posted the right one.

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Is the 8% over one or two years? The information from the business Panama site is from Jan 2014.

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On December 25, 2015 at 1:42 PM, Pat said:

An 8 percent increase in the minimum wage?? Soon places like "International Living" will need to raise their dollar estimate of necessary money to live in Panama.

Willing to pay more for better quality and good customer service (no talking to a friend on phone when I'm waiting to purchase an item).

There is a direct relationship between salaries and cost of items like tomatoes, eggs, rice, beans, and other items. As salaries go up so do all prices for other items.

Just my opinion but soon expats will choose another country for retirement living.

With the increase in menu prices, sounds like the local restaurants (Baru and La Posada) heard about the 2016 minimum wage increase.

P.S., I'm looking for more ways to cook and serve sweet potatoes and any other food I can prepare at home. Suspect other expats will do the same.

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On 12/26/2015 at 5:39 AM, JudyS said:

Never mind.  Hil posted the right one.

yes - Hil posted the correct one  It was signed on Dec 22, 2015 to come into effect on Jan 1, 2016.  Scroll down to the bottom and it states what I just said.

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