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Foreign investment in Panama up near !8%

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FOREIGN direct investment (FDI) in Panama reached $4.1 billion in the first nine months of the year  an increase of 17.8% compared to the same period of 2015 reports  the Ministry of Economy and Finance.

“This figure shows the evident and continuous confidence of investors in the development of the country, stimulated by the macroeconomic policies, programs and projects carried out by the government” said the ministry.

An analysis of the figures shows that 64.5 percent of foreign investment this year is reinvested earnings, “which demonstrates the confidence foreign investors have about the positive future prospects of our economy,” said the report

Foreign direct investment in the third quarter totaled $1.5 billion, an increase of 54.3 percent compared to the $986.2 million invested in the same period of 2015.

http://www.newsroompanama.com/business/panama-4/foreign-investment-panama-near-8

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Foreign Investment Figures in Central America

In 2016 44% of foreign direct investment in the region was concentrated in Panama, and a fourth consecutive year of increases was recorded, with 16%, while Costa Rica received 27% and increased by only 1.1%.

Monday, August 14, 2017

From chapter I of the report "Flows of FDI in Latin America and the Caribbean", by the ECLAC:

FDI into Central America grew by 3.7% in 2016 and totaled 11,833 million dollars .The increase in investments to the two main recipients of the subregion -Panama, which recieved 44%, and Costa Rica, 27%- compensated for the drop in FDI to the other Central American countries.

With growth of 15.9%, Panama received investments of US $5.209 billion in 2016, a record figure that was reached after four consecutive years of increases and which is part of an upward trajectory that began in the mid-2000s. With this value, the country ranked sixth in Latin America and the Caribbean, behind Peru.  The largest component of FDI that entered Panama was the reinvestment of profits (66% of the total) and the level remained at levels similar to those of 2015 (up 2%).  Loans between subsidiaries accounted for 19% of total FDI and fell by 7%, while capital inflows accounted for 15% and remained the smallest component of FDI as in the last four years.  

See report by the CEPAL "Foreign Direct Investment in Latin America and the Caribbean 2017" (In Spanish).

 

http://www.centralamericadata.com/en/article/main/Foreign_Investment_Figures_in_Central_America

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Flow of foreign direct investment drops 17% in Panama between January and March

Sat, 06/23/2018 - 19:21

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The flow of foreign direct investment (FDI) in Panama totaled 1,098.5 million dollars in the first quarter of this year, with a decrease of 17 % over the same period of 2018, official statistics released.

Data from the National Institute of Statistics and Census (Inec) show that foreign capital income had in absolute terms a decrease of 225.6 million dollars between January and March, compared to the first quarter of the previous year.

It added that the percentage distribution of foreign capital income was 39.8 % of the item of other capital; 31.1 % in reinvestment of profits, and 29.1 % of shares and equity participation.

The flow of FDI totaled 5,319.2 million dollars in 2017 in Panama, which represented 8.6% of nominal GDP, as well as an increase of 1.8% compared to the result of the previous year, according to the official data.

Panama's economy grew by 4.2 % in the first quarter of 2018, while the indicator closed with an expansion of 5.4 % in 2017.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) projects Panama's GDP growth of around 4.6 percent for this year and around 6.8 percent by 2019.

 

http://www.panamatoday.com/economy/flow-foreign-direct-investment-drops-17-panama-between-january-and-march-7162

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First quarter  foreign investment down 17%

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Direct foreign investment (FDI) in Panama fell 17%  to $1.098.5 billion in the first quarter of this year, compared to the same period of 2017  according to l statistics released  Sunday, June 24.

Data from the National Institute of Statistics and Census (Inec) shows that foreign capital income had in absolute terms a decrease of $225.6 million dollars between January and March, compared to the first quarter of the previous year.

FDI totaled 5.319.2 billion  in 2017 8.6% of nominal GDP, as well as a 1.8% increase compared to the result of the previous year, according to the data official

Panama’s economy grew by 4.2% in the first quarter of 2018, while the indicator closed with an expansion of 5.4% or in 2017.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) projects Panama’s GDP growth of around 4.6% for this year and around 6.8% for 2019.

 

http://www.newsroompanama.com/business/panama-4/first-quarter-foreign-investment-down-17

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Wonder if this decrease in foreign investments means no more new hotels in Panama City?

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Businesspeople urge more legal security to attract investments to Panama

Sun, 06/24/2018 - 17:25

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The Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Panama (CCIAP) said  that the lack of seriousness in the public bidding process frightens investors and urged that legal security be guaranteed in the country.

After recalling the fall registered by Panama in the Global Competitiveness Index 2017-2018 published by the World Economic Forum, the Chamber asked to be "careful" and not convert that indicator "of legal security into an indicator of the worst qualified".

That can happen thanks to the stock of "public tenders of national interest that leave many doubts unanswered and suspicion that only serves to stoke poisonous suspicions, said the union that groups more than 1,600 companies in Panama, without pointing out any process in specific.

"What is the sense of organizing these processes, establishing rules of the game supposedly characterized by seriousness and transparency, convening potential investors, standardizing participation criteria and designing evaluation committees composed of prestigious professionals, if then, surprisingly, we turn to the board to return to the starting point from scratch," the guild asked.

It added that in case of anomalies in the public bidding process, "the country needs to know, if they exist, to investigate them and demand responsibility for them."

In early June, the Ministry of Public Works (MOP) of Panama annulled the report of the first assessment for the design and construction of the fourth bridge over the Panama Canal, due to alleged inconsistencies in the traffic flow studies analyzed by two different entities.

The CCIAP also urged "compliance with the rulings of the Supreme Court of Justice concerning the millionaire investment projects whose execution awaits state officials to hear repeated rulings of that court of justice on that matter."

"Legal security is a significant component of the competitiveness of a country, and a determining factor in attracting foreign investment, as is the case of Panama in the need to generate new and growing sources of employment," it said.

The flow of foreign direct investment (FDI) in Panama totaled 1,098.5 million dollars in the first quarter of this year, with a decrease of 17 percent over the same period of 2018, according to data from the National Institute of Statistics and Census ( Inec).

 

http://www.panamatoday.com/economy/businesspeople-urge-more-legal-security-attract-investments-panama-7168

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Central America: Foreign Direct Investment Up 10%

Partly explained by the regimes created to encourage investment in different sectors, countries in the region went from receiving $11 billion in 2016, to $12.1 billion last year.

Friday, September 28, 2018

According to a study by the Center for Economic Integration Studies, in 2017 inflows of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the region reached a record figure of $12.083 billion, registering an increase of 9.8% compared to 2016. When analyzing the period from 2010 to 2017, it can be seen that the inflow of FDI has increased considerably, showing a growth rate of 7.9%.

This has led to Central America's share of total FDI received by Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) to increase over time; in 2010 this share amounted to 3.9% of the total received by LAC, but in 2017 this percentage of participation had risen to 7.8% of the total. The Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC, 2018) estimates that this increase will follow the trend noted so far, in contrast to the downward trend seen in the rest of the LAC region in terms of attracting FDI, with an annual change in 2017 of -6.7%.

In 2017, Panama captured 47.5% of the total foreign investment income that came into the region, corresponding to 5.319 million dollars, followed by Costa Rica with 2.742 million dollars, that is to say, 20% of the regional total. Below this group are the amounts received by El Salvador (3.2% of the total), Nicaragua (8.2%), Honduras (10.4%) and Guatemala (10.8%). 

The report explains that FDI deepened in Central America after the privatization of public companies in the nineties, which were mainly oriented towards the services sector, such as financial intermediation, telephony, electricity and drinking water. In this way, the first wave of FDI in the region was concentrated in the acquisition of public companies focused on this provision of services. 

The document goes on to say that in terms of the origin of investment flows into the Central American region, this is characterized by high concentration in a few countries which in turn share important links with Central America in the commercial dimension. In 2016, investment from the United States prevailed, registering a total of 10,984.4 million dollars, representing 27.3% of the total received by Central America, followed by the European Union contributing 17.2% of the total, and thirdly, is the region itself contributing to 12.3% of total FDI income.

See full report: "Five trends of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Central America". (In Spanish)

 

https://www.centralamericadata.com/en/article/main/Central_America_Foreign_Direct_Investment_Up_10

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