Panama: Financial Stimulus Program is Ready

The terms and conditions of the Financial Stimulus Program for banks to access the $1.11 billion are ready.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The banking industry has repeatedly indicated that for the program to be attractive, it should allow the use of funds without the submission of collateral. However, according to an article in Prensa.com, a government source said: "It is going to be difficult to omit this requirement [the filing of collateral] because the Government is responsible for the use of this money."

Additionally, the source indicated that "the procedures for the first disbursement of $500 million, which the Inter-American Development Bank will contribute, are finished." The procedures for the $210 million from the Andean Development Corporation have also concluded.

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Panama: Financial Stimulus Program Beginning to be Used

June 2009

Three financial companies have requested a total of $100 million from the Financial Stimulus Program, which up to now had not been utilized.

The three banks that requested funds from the Financial Stimulus Program (PEF), as confirmed by the executive of the National Bank of Panama, Darío Berbey, are firms with foreign and Panamanian capital. Due to issues of confidentiality, their names were not revealed.

$500 Million Already Available for Panamanian Banks

April 2009

The $500 million contributed by the IDB for the financial incentives program will be available beginning on May 10.

The National Bank of Panama will manage the $500 million available to Panamanian banks through loans with two-year terms and an interest rate of 4.50%, with interests for LIBOR services at 6 months.

Panama: Terms for the Financial Stimulus Program Known

April 2009

The National Bank has announced the terms and conditions under which PEF loans can be accessed.

Bank Manager Juan De Dianous reported that the loans will be in terms of up to seven years and under the individual parameters of the three entities that have contributed funds.

Rejection of Stimulus Program Conditions

May 2009

Panamanian banks will not use Financial Stimulus Program funds due to their terms and conditions.

The Banking Association of Panama, through its president, Mosi Cohen, told the new government’s transition team that banks have not and will not use Financial Stimulus Program (PEF) funds unless there is a change in the terms and conditions.

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