"We are going to add a little more in order to bring in more artists, have a more proper stage presence and more parade floats and groups. We would love to have the support of the private sector as well," detailed Shamah after giving accounts for the management of the entity he directs. The assigned budget for 2012 was $2.5 million, while for 2013 it will be $2 million and 750 thousand.
This budget item has seen an increase, despite the fact that during his political campaign the President of the Republic, Ricardo Martinelli Berrocal, criticized previous administrations, particularly that of former president Martín Torrijos Espino, for having earmarked government funds to run Carnival, and he promised not to allocate resources to these parties should he come into power.
IN HONOR OF BALBOA
Shamah revealed that the theme of this festival, which will take place from Friday the 8th to Tuesday the 12th in February 2013, will allude to the 500th anniversary of the discovery of the South Sea by Vasco Núñez de Balboa.
María del Carmen Ríos, Chair of the Carnival Support Committee, further explained that in 2013 they expect to surpass the count of 20,000 tourists who enjoyed the Carnival in Panama this year.
She also said that discussions are being held with the private sector, seeking their collaboration in the recruitment of international performers. "The private sector's contribution would be to recruit international artists, because our budget is destined to only hire national talent."
This budget will be submitted to the Cabinet Council for final approval next week.