Government officials estimate that the Panamanian economy closed 2010 with over 7% growth.
At a press conference by the Minister of Economy, Alberto Vallarino, the minister stated, "We have achieved a cumulative growth of seven percent which was our revised projection and if the trend of acceleration of the economy we've seen in the last four quarters continues (...) we can expect a higher growth for this fiscal year when final numbers are known in March."
The consulting firms Indesa and Deloitte estimate that Panama's economy will grow by seven to eight percent this year.
This is slower than the 11.2 percent growth in 2007, with a pattern similar to that of the period 2004-2006.
Some international firms, like the Economist Intelligence Unit, are forecasting even higher growth and are predicting that Panama will again be the fastest-growing economy in Latin America this year.
During the second quarter of 2011, Panama's economic growth was 11.4%, reaching 10.3% during the first six months of the year.
A statement from the Panamanian Ministry of Economy and Finance reads:
Panama's economic growth for the second quarter of 2011 was 11.4% and in the first half was 10.3%, as reported by the minister of Economy and Finance, Frank De Lima, citing figures from the Controller General of the Republic.
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In late 2005, AES began developing the Changuinola hydro power project and currently the project is in the phase of building the roadways to access that facility. The formal cornerstone laying ceremony took place on October 25, 2007.
The project's total completion represents an investment of approximately $563 million and the estimated date for the Changuinola hydro power plant to go into commercial operation is the first quarter of 2011. Through this new facility, AES contributes to the country's development and helps face the growing demand of energy in Panama, which requires an additional 50 MW each year.
The construction of the new Changuinola I Hydro Power Plant:
* is an asset to Panama
* will generate clean and 100% Panamanian energy
* will create opportunities for previously excluded populations
* will contribute to solve the country's energy situation
* will help Panama to continue growing
The construction and operation of the hydro power plant will be under the responsibility of AES, a multinational energy corporation with world-class standards and an active presence in Panama.
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