H.E. Mario E. Jaramillo was appointed as the 47th Ambassador of Panama to the United States of America by President Ricardo Martinelli Berrocal on February 15th, 2011 and presented his credentials to the President of the United States, Barack Obama on February 23rd, 2011.
Ambassador Jaramillo is an active member of the International Rotary Club and of the Association of the US ARMY (AUSA) since 1986. He graduated from Louisiana State University with a degree in Business Administration with Emphasis in Marketing, where he was Pi Kappa Alpha president for two consecutive years. He later earned a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from INCAE Business School, a prestigious academic institution founded in 1963 by the Harvard Business School in partnership with President JFK.
Ambassador Jaramillo has been elected, and served as, President and Director for Panama’s most prominent professional associations. As such, he was President of the Panamanian Association of Business Executives (APEDE) and Vice President of the National Council of Private Enterprise (CONEP), Director of Panama’s Chamber of Technology (CAPATEC). He was also reelected to the Board of Directors of Panama’s Chamber of Commerce in thirteen consecutive occasions (1996-2010). Furthermore, Ambassador Jaramillo is currently a consulting committee member for Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).
Ambassador Jaramillo is well known for his steadfast efforts towards bettering the quality of education in Panama, and promoting principles and values thru education and small business developments. As such, his participation in the Boards of Panama National Institute for Human Development (INADEH); the Private Sector Council for Educational Assistance (COSPAE), the Foundation for Sustainable Development (FUNDES), and the United Nations Program for Educational Reform in Latin America (PREAL) among others.
From 1993 – 1999, Ambassador Jaramillo, represented the Private Sector, on the Board of Directors of Panama’s National Secretariat for Science, Technology and Innovation (SENACYT). Furthermore, since 2009 he represents the Republic of Panama on the Board of Gas Natural Union Fenosa, the largest public/private gas and electricity company in Panama.
On July 2010, Ambassador Jaramillo was chosen out of 92 candidates to become Executive Secretary of Panama’s National Consensus for Development, a national civil society (32 sectors) forum coordinated by the United Nations, aimed at developing a National Plan and Strategy to strengthen democracy by reducing poverty and quality of life inequities in remote rural areas of Panama, by 2025.
In his professional career, Ambassador Jaramillo has held important managerial positions at renowned US companies such as the Coca Cola Company and the Xerox Company, in Panama. Moreover, as Entrepreneur, Ambassador Jaramillo has proven successful entrepreneurship in the technology industry, in the office automation, information technology systems and geographical information systems (GIS) sectors.
Ambassador Jaramillo’s main objective upon his arrival at Washington DC, was to get the two countries to resolve pending issues, and sign the Free Trade Agreement, which had been “unfinished” since 2004. On October 2011, the United States and Panama finally signed their long waited Free Trade Act (FTA), which Ambassador Jaramillo strongly promoted. An unprecedented 300 bipartisan votes at the House, for similar legislation, reconfirmed the believe on the positive impact of World Trade, and the longtime excellent relations between Panama and the United States of America.
Ambassador Jaramillo is focusing his efforts on world trade, education, diplomacy, and regional security, including international crime and natural disasters.
Ambassador Jaramillo considers the alliance with Gallaudet University in Washington DC, the premier university for deaf and hard of hearing, to establish a center in Panama to service the region, and the approval and going into effect of the Free Trade Agreement, his two most important achievements during his first year as Ambassador to the United States of America.
On April, 2012, Ambassador Jaramillo was honored with the Friendship Award by the United States-Panama Business Council (USPA, founded in 1994). The award recognizes US and Panamanian business and government leaders, for their role in enhancing the relationship between the two nations.”