Panama: Is the glass half empty or half full?

Although the Citibank analyists are very optimistic about the future of the country, they worry about the rising inflation that appears to be escalating.

Monday, July 28, 2008

I take issue with several assumption they make. The two big mega projects are what make things so rosy in their eyes. Of course they are counting their chickens before the hatch when it comes to the refinery and they are buying into the continued growth of the worlds economy driving the canal expansion as the other assumption.

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IMF Details Problems in El Salvador

May 2016

The IMF has indicated political polarization, high crime and outward migration, rising unit labor costs and high logistics costs, barriers to entry and expansion of business, fiscal uncertainty, and limited human capital.

From a statement issued by the IMF:

The IMF staff team visited San Salvador during April 25—May 6 for the 2016 Article IV consultation and held fruitful discussions with the Salvadoran authorities, parliamentarians, business community, academics, and social partners.

The IMF's View of Nicaragua in April 2016

May 2016

The Nicaraguan economy continues to record high growth rates and sustainable macroeconomic policies, with an average GDP growth of 5.2% in recent years.

Statement issued by the IMF:

IMF Concludes Staff Visit to Nicaragua
Press Release No. 16/191
April 29, 2016

A staff team from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) led by Gerardo Peraza visited Managua during April 25–29, 2016.

Guatemala as seen by the IMF on March 2013

March 2013

"Overall, the outlook for Guatemala is positive. The macro-economic framework has been well managed and is stable. "

Statement by IMF Deputy Managing Director Naoyuki Shinohara at the Conclusion of his Visit to Guatemala
Press Release No. 13/62
March 5, 2013

Mr. Naoyuki Shinohara, Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), made the following statement today in Guatemala City:

Figures for the Guatemalan Economy in July 2012

August 2012

An analysis from the Development Foundation of Guatemala reveal the main economic indicators affecting the activity in the country and the world during July.

MAIN VARIABLES AFFECTING DOMESTIC PRICES

Inflation continues to fall in July

During the first seven months of the year (until July 31), the country accumulated inflation of 1.91%.

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