Investment Climate in Panama

An Expert's View about Foreign Direct Investment in Panama

Posted on: 22 Feb 2012

 Executive Summary
Panama’s investment climate is generally positive. The country’s sterling economic success is based on a strong macro-economic policy and excellent management of the Panama Canal and associated transportation services. Panama has enjoyed some of the highest economic growth in Latin America in the past decade, and most observers predict continued strong growth in the years ahead due to stable and consistent macro-economic policies. Growth tallied 10.5% in 2011 and 7.5% in 2010, after a deceleration to 3.2% in 2009. The Government of Panama (GOP) has promoted economic growth over the last decade through open market policies and by encouraging trade. At the same time, however, U.S. investors have voiced concerns about corruption and inconsistent treatment. For these reasons we encourage U.S. companies interested in investing in Panama to read this report thoroughly and to contact us for more information.

Openness to Foreign Investment
Conversion and Transfer Policies
Expropriation and Compensation
Dispute Settlement
Performance Requirements and Incentives
Right to Private Ownership and Establishment
Transparency of Regulatory System
Efficient Capital Markets/Portfolio Investment

Political Violence
Bilateral Investment Agreements
OPIC and Other Investment Insurance Programs
Foreign-Trade Zones/Free Ports
Foreign Direct Investment Statistics

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Posted: 22 February 2012

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