Preamble

ORGANIC LAW PANAMA CANAL AUTHORITY
PANAMA LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY
LAW No. 19
(of June 11, 1997)
"WHEREBY THE PANAMA CANAL AUTHORITY IS ORGANIZED"

Preamble


That the purpose of this Law is to furnish the Panama Canal Authority with legislation for its organization, operation, and modernization to make the Canal a safe and profitable enterprise, a pillar in the human, social, and economic development of the country, open, without discrimination, to the participation of men and women and integrated to the national maritime strategy.

In compliance with the provisions of Article 317 of the National Constitution, the regulations herein issued are of a general nature and shall provide the framework for the regulations to be issued so that the Canal will provide uninterrupted, efficient, and safe service.

Chapter I Character, Definitions, and General Rules