Poll: What Kind of Presidents do We Need?

The opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange was rang today by Ricardo Martinelli, President of Panama.

Friday, September 25, 2009


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The General Assembly of the United Nations is now the stand for all the Presidents of the world, who have a unique opportunity to address a highly exclusive and qualified audience, and whose words could be heard around the world.

What do Central American Presidents say in those speeches?
How do they take advantage of those few minutes of global exposure?

We offer you below the complete speeches of the presidents of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala and Panama (Nicaragua's wasn't available or had not happened yet), for you to judge them and voice your opinion on who took better advantage of this opportunity to serve their country.

We invite you to write to us, specifying your selection, and, if possible, including the most representative phrases of the chosen speech.

We have made our choice, and for us, the words of Ricardo Martinelli, Panamanian President, were the best:

Panama is the ideal place to invest, establish companies and to live. We are going to transform Panama into the Hong Kong or Dubai of America.
Within the new Economic Area Panamá-Pacífico, labor and migratory laws are friendly and flexible.
Incentives for investors are great all across the country.
Our spirit of service and open doors, make Panama a place of fun, excitement and full of opportunities.
Despite the crisis, Panama keeps growing.
Talent and creativity, social assistance, infrastructure and investment in human capital will help us steer through the storm.
Panama was born to serve the world.
Every one who wants to come to Panama is welcome:
We are open for business!


Full speeches of the presidents:
Oscar Arias
Alvaro Colom (in Spanish)
Mauricio Funes (in Spanish)
Ricardo Martinelli (in Spanish)

Participate and give us your opinion: Click here to give write to us

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What do you think of your president?

July 2011

Funes and Martinelli have maintained high levels of approval from their countrymen, while Ortega is recovering, Colom and Lobo are still low and Chinchilla is still falling.

With the first few years of presidency behind them, Mauricio Funes and Ricardo Martinelli are the leaders in the area with the most approval from their citizens: The first for having faced difficult opposition, and for his education, personality and charisma. The second for the infrastructure being developed, especially in Panama City and around the Canal. These are the results from the CID Gallup Polls consisting of 8.400 interviews in Central America and the Republic - 1200 per country in the second quarter of 2011.

President Approval Ranking

September 2009

In Central America, Mauricio Funes leads with an 84% approval rating, followed by Ricardo Martinelli (77%), Alvaro Colom (46%) and Oscar Arias (37%).

In its Presidential Evaluation of September 2009, "Consulta Mitofsky" remarked the approval ratings of Salvadoran president Mauricio Funes, who tops the ranking of American heads of state.

Presidential Approval Ratings

January 2010

Martinelli and Funes lead in Latin America with 91% and 88% approval ratings. In Central America, they are followed by Colom with 46%, Arias 44% and Ortega with 38%.

Mauricio Funes from El Salvador and Ricardo Martinelli from Panama share, together with Brazilian President Lula Da Silva, the privilege of being in the group of "Outstanding Evaluation", composed of those heads of state with approval ratings above 75%.

Funes and Martinelli, the Most Popular

August 2009

The presidents of El Salvador, Mauricio Funes, and Panama, Ricardo Martinelly, have 86% popularity.

According to the regional survey by Cid-Gallup, which interviewed 1.200 people, Oscar Arias from Costa Rica is in the third place, with a 70% popularity.

He is followed by Alvaro Colom, from Guatemala, with 55%; Leonel Fernández, from Dominican Republic with 47%; deposed Honduran president Manuel Zelaya with 46% and Daniel Ortega, Nicaraguan president, with 42%.

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