Antonio Taquis

fmr. Ambassador of Panama in Greece; Gen. Director & Owner, Panama Shipping Agency

 

BIOGRAPHY 

NAME: ANTONIO TAQUIS OCHOA 

PLACE OF BIRTH: PANAMA CITY REPUBLIC OF PANAMA 

DATE OF BIRTH: NOVEMBER 25, 1965 

COUNTRY AND ADDRESS OF RESIDENCE: PANAMA CITY REBUBLIC OF PANAMA 

5TH STREET C- NORTH HOUSE #18,EL CARMEN BELLA VISTA 

RESIDENCE HOME PHONE NUMBER: 507-2647313

PANAMA MOBILE NUMBER: 507-66782827

GREEK MOBILE NUMBER: 6973773624

MARITAL STATUS: MARRIED WITH ANASTASIA KOUTSAIMANIS 

CHILDREN’S NAME: YOLANDA TAQUIS, MELINA TAQUIS, STEFANIA TAQUIS


EDUCATIONAL BACKROUND: 

ELEMENTARY AND HIGH SCHOOL OF PANAMA: EPISCOPAL SCHOOL OF PANAMA (1971-1983) GRATUATED WITH A DEGREE IN SCIENCE AND PHILOSOPHY  (ALL ENGLISH SCHOOL IN PANAMA CITY) 

 

FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY

BACHELOR’S DEGREE IN FINANCE AND ECONOMICS WITH A MINOR IN ACCOUNTING (1984-1988) 

MASTER’S DEGREEE IN BANKING (1989)


LANGUAGES SPOKEN:

SPANISH, ENGLISH, GREEK FLUENT, FRENCH BASIC


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE 

1990-1991 NORTHEN TRUST BANK MIAMI FLORIDA ASSISTANT IN OPERATIONS DEPARTMENT -1990

SENIOR ASSISTANT TO SENIOR VICEPRESIDENT OF PRIVATE BANKING DEPARTMENT -1991


1992-2004 BANCO TRANSATLANTICO SA (FAMILY OWNED BANK) DEPUTY GENERAL MANAGER AND MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS (ACTING SECRETARY)


ORGANIZATIONS:

ACTIVE MEMBER OF FOLLOWING ORGANIZATIONS:

LIONS CLUB OF PANAMA CITY (1992- PRESENT)

GREEK ORTHODOX COMMUNITY OF PANAMA (1984-PRESENT) 

PRESIDENT ON SEVERAL OCCASSIONS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS –ANCON= PANAMA’S PRIVATE ENVIROMENTAL ORGANIZATION MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF SINDICATES (2002 TO PRESENT) – PANAMA’S BANKING ASSOCIATION (1933-2004) BOARD MEMBER (2002-2004) CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OF PANAMA (1933 TO PRESENT)

POLITICAL AND DIPLOMATICAL REPRESENTATIONS 


CHAIRMAN OF THE FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE OF H.E. MARTIN TORRIJOS (DEMOCRATIC REVOLUTIONARY PARTY)- SOCIALIST PANAMA PARTY FOR THE 1999 AND 2004 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION CAMPAIGNS 
SENIOR ADVISOR AD- HONOREM FOR PRESIDENT OF PANAMA H.E MARTIN TORRIJOS ON BANKING AND FINANCE MATTERS (2004-2009)
AMBASSADOR AND GENERAL CONSULATE OF PANAMA IN GREECE (2004-2009) – AMBASSADOR OF PANAMA IN CYPRUS, ROMANIA, BULGARIA, CROATIA, AND UKRAINE (2005-2009) WITH RESIDENCE IN GREECE 
PANAMA HEAD REPRESENTATIVE AT THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS ORGANIZATION HELD IN ANTALYA TURKEY (2006) – PANAMA REPRESENTATIVE AT THE INTERNATIONAL MARITIME ORGANIZATION GLOBAL MEETING NOVEMBER 2007 IN LONDON UK – REPRESENTATIVE OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY SOCIAL MEETING HELD IN ATHENS ON 2008 AND 2011. IN 2011 I ASSISTED ALONG WITH MARTIN TORRIJOS VICE PRESIDENT OF THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIALIST AND HELD A SERIES OF MEETINGS WITH DIFFERENT AUTHORITIKES INCLUDING H.E GEORGE PAPANDREOS PRESIDENT OF THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIALIST AND GREEK PRIME MINISTER THEN. 

MAYOR ACCOMPLISHMENTS ON MY POLITICAL AND DIPLOMATIC REPRESENTATIONS:


1.AS AMBASSADOR OF PANAMA IN GREECE, PANAMA’S POSITION WITH RESPECT TO THE NAME “REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA” WAS CHANGE IN ORDER TO ABIDE WITH UN RESOLUTIONS THAT SUPPORT THE NAME OF “FYROM”. (2008). 

2. A DONATION TO THE GREEK STATE OF $20,000.00 ON BEHALF OF THE REPUBLIC OF PANAMA WAS GIVEN IN SUPPORT OF THE DESTRUCTION CAUSED BY THE FIRES IN 2007 IN GREECE 

3. MUTUAL SUPPORT TO IMO REPRESENTATIVES FROM BOTH COUNTRIES (PANAMA NAD GREECE) ON DIFFERENT IMO COMMITTEES

4. MANAGE TO RAISE THE PANAMA FLAG AMONG GREEK SHIPOWNERS TO THE SECOND POSITION (BEHIND THE GREEK FLAG) FROM 2004 (550 SHIPS) TO 2009 (775SHIPS)

5. ENHANCING AND STRENTHENING AT A MUCH HIGHER LEVEL OUR DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS WITH THE ABOVE MENTIONED COUNTRIES.

(MEETINGS WITH PANAMA’S VICE – PRESIDENT AND MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS H.E SAMUEL LEWIS NAVARRO AND H.E DORA BAKOGIANNIS AMONG OTHERS). 

6. FACILITATING AND OPENING BETTER LINES OF COMMUNICATION IN ORDER TO HAVE ALL THE CHANNELS OPEN BETWEEN OUR COUNTRIES.

7. SEVERAL VISITS TO OUR HOLLY PATRIARCH BARTHOLOMEO I IN CONSTANTINOPLE

I RECEIVED FRON HIS SUPREME HOLLINESS HIMSELF THE TITLE OF ARXONDA IN JANUARY 2012

8. MAYOR LOBBY WAS DONE ON MY BEHALF TO LEADING GREEK AUTHORITIEKS TO RECEIVE SUPPORT FROM GREECE IN THE OPENING OF AN EMBASSY OF GREECE IN PANAMA. I HOPE THAT GREECE IN THE FUTURE CAN MANAGE TO UPGRATE THEIR DIPLOMATIC AND CONSULAR PRESENCE IN PANAMA. THERE IS AN ACTIVE AND IMPORTANT GREEK COMMUNITY THAT DOES ITS BEST LOBBYING EFFORTS TO MAKE CLOSER THE CONTACT AND RELATIONS BETWEEN PANAMA AND GREECE. WE UNDERSTAND THAT THIS SOMETIMES IS AN ECONOMIC ISSUE BUT WE, AS GREEK COMMUNITY MEMBERS IN PANAMA, FOR US IS VERY IMPORTANT. THIS ABOVE MATTER CAN BE DISCUSSED IN FUTURE MEETINGS IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE THIS IN AN EFFICIENT AND LOW COST MANNER 


CHARITABLE EFFORTS PERFORMED BY MY FATHER (H.E FOTIS ANTONIO TAQUIS – ACTUAL VICECONSUL OF GREECE IN PANAMA) AND MYSELF 

SINCE ECONOMIC CRISIS AGGRAVIATED IN GREECE SINCE 2010 WE HAVE MADE THE FOLLOWING MAYOR DONATIONS AND ASSISTANCE TO THE FOLLOWING: 
DONATION TO THE DORIO HIGHSCHOOL (OUR HOMETOWN IN MESINIA, 50% OF GREEKS IN PANAMA ARE FROM THIS TOWN)
DONATION FOR RECONSTRUCTION OF ST. HELENA’S CHURCH IN THE NEIGHBORING TOWN AGIOS GIORGIOS NEXT TO DORIO 
DONATION FOR DORIO’S MAIN CHURCH (AYIOS CONSTANTINOS) 
DONATION FOR KYPARISSIA HIGHSCHOOL IN MESSINIA (MY FATHER’S HIGHSCHOOL)
DONATION FOR KYPPARISIA’S HOSPITAL 

PRESENT DAY AND WORKS:

AT THE PRESENT TIME AND SINCE 2010 I AM THE OWNER AND GENERAL DIRECTOR OF PANAMA SHIPPING AGENCY AND SERVICES S.A 

WE ACT AS AGENTS ON BEHALF OF SHIPPING COMPANIES WHILE THEIR SHIPS ARE IN PANAMA.

WE PRESENTLY COOPERATING WITH MORE THAN 60 GREEK COMPANIES. MY COMPANY IS FULLY AUTHORISED TO ACT AS A PANAMA CANAL AGENT AND LINSED BY THE MINISTRY OF MARITIME AFFAIRS. 

GREEK SHIPOWNERS IN THE PAST FEW YEARS HAVE CONTACTED US TO GUIDE THEM AND FACILITATE COMMUNICATION WITH MARITIME AUTHORITIES IN PANAMA AND SOME OF THEM EVEN HAVE CONTACTED US TO REPRESENT THEIR COMPANY AND EVEN THEIR PRODUCTS IN PANAMA. WE TRY TO SERVE TO THEM AS FACILITATORS IN DIFFERENT MATTERS IN PANAMA. 


ANTONIO TAQUIS

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