Panama Increases the Limit of the Fiscal Deficit

The approved law increases the limit of the deficit budget up to 3% of GDP beginning this year.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The new legislation establishes a gradual reduction of the deficit over the next four years, which would go from 3% in the first year, 2% in the second year, 1.5% in the third year, and 1% in the fourth year.

La Estrella published comments from the Minister of Economy and Finance, Hector Alexander, about the modification of the law on their website: “…it gives the new administration the tools it needs to move the economy and fulfill its campaign promises.”

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