Petaquilla Minerals Ltd.
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Petaquilla Minerals Ltd.

August 08, 2011 23:53 ET

Standard and Poor's and Moody's Upgrade Panama Outlook to Positive

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 8, 2011) - Petaquilla Minerals Ltd. (TSX:PTQ)(OTCBB:PTQMF)(FRANKFURT:P7Z) announces that both Standard & Poor's and Moody's Investors Service ("Moody's") have recently raised Panama's sovereign rating outlook from stable to positive.

While maintaining Panama's investment grade rating at BBB-, Standard and Poor's improved outlook "reflects the likelihood of an upgrade if the better-than-expected performance of Panama's economy continues over the next year or two". Moody's cited significant improvement, economic growth prospects and the government's solid balance sheet. These announcements follow a June announcement by Fitch Ratings that it was upgrading Panama's rating to BBB.

"Standard & Poor's positive outlook for Panama and suggestion of a likely ratings upgrade is further evidence that the Martinelli Administration's pro-growth policies are creating prosperity for the nation and expanding opportunities for Panamanians," said Alberto Vallarino, Minister of Economy and Finance for the Republic of Panama.

Standard & Poor's reported that higher growth, along with rising investment in Panama's infrastructure could lead to faster-than-expected improvement in the sovereign's financial profile and long-term economic resilience. In addition to highlighting the country's infrastructure investment and responsible fiscal policies, they also credited the improvement in part to tax reform proposed and enacted by the Martinelli Administration

According to Moody's, the Panamanian economy has continued to show vigorous activity and progress and is well positioned to grow at rates above its potential largely due to the expansion of the Panama Canal and the Panamanian government's ambitious efforts to improve and modernize the country's infrastructure. Panama is implementing a 5-year, $20 billion infrastructure investment program.

About Petaquilla Minerals Ltd. Petaquilla Minerals Ltd. is a gold producer operating its gold processing plant at its 100% owned Molejon Gold Project in Panama. The Molejon mine site is located in the south central area of the Company's 100% owned 842 square kilometre concession lands, a region known historically for gold content.

On behalf of the Board of Directors of PETAQUILLA MINERALS LTD.

Richard Fifer, Executive Chairman

No stock exchange has approved or disapproved the information contained herein.

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  • Petaquilla Minerals Ltd.
    Richard Fifer
    Executive Chairman
    (604) 694-0021 or Toll Free: 1-877-694-0021
    (604) 694-0063 (FAX)
    www.petaquilla.com