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Posted by Maria Arias on April 5, 2016
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FOREIGN INVESTMENT IN PANAMA WAS 5,038 MILLION IN 2015

By way of Foreign Direct Investment, Panama received in 2015 the sum of 5.038 billion, an increase of 16.9% compared to 2014, as is clear from reports issued by the Comptroller General of the Republic.

This volume of foreign direct investment (FDI) received by Panama in 2015 represents a record in absolute terms. The figure represents a 9.75% of gross domestic product (GDP) estimated for 2015 ($ 51 000 677 million). These figures, located at Panama among the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean receives more investment in relation to the size of its economy.

The Panama Canal expansion and its next trade liberalization – estimated by the end of 2016 are an important attraction for investments, particularly in the field of projects underway and planned for the growth of the port system.

The investment has been diversifying in recent years and this opening economic areas have entered major foreign sectors such as renewable energy and mining addition to logistics, trade and the financial sector began to recover foreign correspondents since May capitals 2015.

In 2014, Panama received 45% of the investment that came to Central America. The next country with the largest foreign direct investment in the region was Costa Rica, which received 20% of total foreign investment.
By type of investment, most corresponds to reinvested earnings. Which speaks well of the confidence of foreign companies present in Panama, then they reinvest part of their profits in the country. This statistic says that one of every four dollars of investment was spent on buying shares of domestic companies.

According to the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), in 2014 Panama was the country in the region with the largest foreign investment in relation to the size of its economy. According to the UN agency, Panama “is well positioned to continue to receive important inputs”.