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The Panama Canal is a waterway that cuts across Panama to link the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

It is one of the greatest engineering achievements in the world.

The Canal is the most important single factor in the country's economy.

The Canal was built and was finished in 1914 to connect the two oceans and plays a important role in world transportation system.

About 12,000 ships pass through the Canal yearly, to avoid a long trip around South America.

In 1979 a treaty transferred the control of the canal of the Canal Zone and in 1999 the whole canal to Panama.

The transfer of the Canal and the Panama Canal Zone presents challenges to Panama.

The Panama Canal Commission, collects tolls from ships that pass through the Canal.

The Canal also directly and indirectly provides jobs for many Panamanians.

The canal's operation and maintenance requires many technical skills.

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