A few weeks ago I received an email from Marco Bogazzi inquiring about an ad on BoqueteGuide. I sell a few ads to businesses who are interested in reaching those of you who read this blog, usually to businesses I know.
Marco told me he makes furniture in Caldera and he sent excellent references and a link to his website. I liked what I saw, but after a recent experience, not a great one, with kitchen cabinets I wanted to see the real thing not photos. I ordered an entertainment center from Marco. He worked from a drawing I sent him and produced a quality result.
Marco has two buildings for fabrication in Caldera. He and his wife immigrated to Panama, not to retire but to realize the dream of making custom, quality furniture from designs Marco helps to create. In his previous life Marco did design work in the US for other companies, at times he would see the result of his labors, at times they would never be produced. Marco desired control from beginning to end. When Gina at Rancho Caldera gave him the opportunity, he moved to Caldera and set up shop, at first working for Gina, now as an independent business.
The small wood shop employs several local people, trained by Marco. He, being an Italian American can, and is taking advantage of a treaty between Panama and Italy, that allows Italian citizens to work legally in Panama.
After the cutting of the wood and assembly of my cabinets Marco moved them from the shop above into a separate facility for staining and finish. After the disappointment in my kitchen cabinets, I wanted to see the work in progress so I visited. The quality of the work was excellent, the multi layered finish perfect.
We scheduled a time and date for delivery and despite the remoteness and difficult access to my house, the schedule was kept.
Marco and team showed up installed everything, and Marco returned a week later to add glass and knobs I purchased. Consider me a satisfied buyer, this is one local contractor I will and do recommend. Check his website out for more ideas about his products.
If you want to work in Panama and can establish Italian citizenship you might want to research this law for both residence and work permits.
The Law 15 of February 1, 1966 covered by the Treaty Friendship, Commerce and Navigation between the Republic of Panama and the Republic of Italy, allows that citizens of each of the contracting parties enjoy in the territory of the other national treatment with regard to admission to business or professional of any kind and the pursuit of such activities with the exception of the exercise of the retail trade.
The Treaty had been kept in force until the entry of the Decree Law No. 3 of February 22, 2008 which suspends the granting of this type of residence permit. In 2009, through the efforts of the Embassy of Italy and several law firms, the National Migration restored the effects of the Treaty of Friendship signed between Panama and Italy.