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What's with the shortage of onions in Panama? Onions have become harder and harder to find in Chiriqui. Some vegetable markets only have red onions and others have tiny, little, half rotten onions, and some have no onions at all? Is it because Varela added onions to the price control list and the growers are protesting?
Price Controls Limiting Investment This article is from Panama America, a Ricardo Martinelli owned media outlet, so the slant is critical of the current government's Price Control policies. The limitation of new investment and the development of new businesses are some of the consequences that the extension for a further six months of price control measures could bring to the Panamanian economy, So have indicated some businessmen, who highlighted that the measure has created a distortion in the market, a situation where the Executive was already requested to eliminate. Despite the rejection of some sectors of the economy, the extension of this measure - to control 22 products in the basic basket family (CBF)- was announced by the President of the Republic himself, Juan Carlos Varela, during a meeting held with the board of directors of the Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture of Panama (CCIAP). The President Varela that what they are reported analysing are the themes of the margins that were a little stiff, especially in those products that are a little similar. The governor added that if there is a product that is in the basket, but the brand is imported with a higher cost, is the possibility of relaxing the step in this direction. One of those who reacted to the announcement of the extension was the president of the CCIAP, Jorge Icaza, who insisted on the removal of the control of margin and a review of the measure of price control, taking into account factors such as inflation, which led to the opening of the same, fell by 0.6% to April, according to data from the Office of the Comptroller General. The President of the Industrial Union of Panama (SIP), Ricardo Sotelo, is also delivered to the extension of the measure, and stressed that this type of measures limited levels of investment and develop new business on certain activities in the country. He added that when producers and entrepreneurs understand that there is no incentive for an activity or is regulated and there is the claim that eventually the state does have some kind of inherent, they also limit on developing it. Sotelo emphasized that the decision to extend this measure is overtly political and that the same what will continue to create will be greater distortion in the market. He added that at the conceptual level as guild, have always been against the measure, the circumstances by which the President Varela took the decision to implement it, which was to lower the cost of the Basic Family Food Basket (CBFA), have changed radically and it makes no sense to continue with this measure. Until April, the CBF has a cost in Panama and San Miguelito of $305.39, amount which reflects an increase of 1.27, in relation to the previous month, according to the last measurement made by the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF). For its part, July The Lastra, president of the National Council of Private Enterprise (CONEP), pointed out that they are maintained with the same position that the extent of price control had a genesis, an effect and that already are actually saw their results. The Lastra commented that, despite this extension, the same should be deleted, as it is right that the markets to flow under the concept of free supply and demand. He added that the gains of the entrepreneurs who invest in Panama and pay their taxs are based on the profitability of their operations and to restrict them by means of a tariff imposition, enterprises cannot meet the great burden that this represents. For its part, Olmedo Estrada, president of the College of Economists of Panama, noted that the extent of price control has not fulfilled the expectations of the population and it is not used in conjunction with the economy being in the country, which is market. He stressed that this collides with the free market economy that is lived in the country, added that this extension which will bring will be greater "anxiety" and "concern" in the country, because it is already clear that the savings promised $58 is not giving. Estrada emphasized that should be searched for other alternatives to offer the Panamanian population best products with many best prices. For his part, Pedro Acosta, President of the National Union of Consumers of Panama (Uncurepa), emphasized that the prolongation of this measure which demonstrates is that free competition does not work. 0.6% - Inflation in the country until the month of April, according to records the Comptroller General. 58 - Dollars is the savings that is promised http://www.panamaamerica.com.pa/economia/el-control-de-precio-limita-las-inversiones-1029126 Translated by freetranslation