Panama Exposes Financial Services Policies

OECD ambassadors were communicated the country's willingness to implement transparency and information exchange standards.

Monday, August 17, 2009


Panama's Government explained its interest in establishing policies and agreements necessary to prevent the country's inclusion in tax-haven blacklists.

An article in remarks that as part of the State's strategy for the promotion of the country's International Financial Services, "Panama will adopt public policies for promoting, negotiating, signing and implementing treaties to avoid double taxation, tax information exchange procedures offering economic advantages like fostering foreign investment, and measures promoting greater transparency in economic services activities".

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Chamber of Commerce Rejects Tax Haven Accusation

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The Panamanian Chamber of Commerce has rejected accusations made by the French President, Nicolas Sarkozy, in which he implied that Panama was a tax haven.

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The Panamanian Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture (CCIAP), rejected the accusation made last week by French President Nicolas Sarkozy, in the context of the G-20, which indicated that Panama is a tax haven.

Panama Objects to Being Classified as a Tax Haven

October 2011

In light of its inclusion in the list of countries who do not have sufficient "fiscal transparency", Panama has requested a supplemental report that includes all measures implemented in the area since May 2010.

A statement from the Ministry of Economy and Finance of Panama reads:

SWOT Analysis of Panamanian Banking

June 2009

The traditionally high competitiveness of Panama as a financial center is being threatened by the pressures bearing down on it from multiple fronts.

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