Zulphy Santamaría

Deputy Minister of Labor and Labor Development, Panama Government


Zulphy Santamaría was appointed deputy minister of Labor and Labor Development in Panama on July 1, 2014. Previously, she served as the managing partner of the regional firm Corporate Legal Consulting, from 2004 - 2014. She worked in the Department of Legal Counsel of the National Migration and Naturalization Management (2013-2014).

Santamaría holds a degree in Law and Political Science, a degree awarded by the University of Panama with the distinction Sigma Lambda.

In her political career, she held the position of President in charge of the Popular Party, as well as National Vice-President, National Undersecretary General, National Secretary of Communication, and National Undersecretary of Youth.

She has participated as lecturer in several congresses and seminars developed in Panama.

Her current role as Deputy Minister of Labor and Labor Development is to collaborate directly with the ministers in the exercise of their functions, replacing them in their temporary absences, and assuming the designations and responsibilities that they entrust or delegate to her. In the same manner, endorsing the resolutions to be signed by the minister, she coordinates and supervises the substantive agencies subject to the projects, programs, and norms that govern the activities of the Institution.


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