Panama: Public-Private Partnership Law

The government bill to regulate PPPs is now being reviewed by several sectors.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The law would regulate the role of the state in these associations, determine the involvement of private companies and define the contract and tender process.

"The government's contribution to the PPP would be through the payment of monies, concession of specified assets and the granting of rights on state-owned public property," reports

Similar schemes are already up and running in Chile and Mexico where they have been used to develop several projects.

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Public Private Partnership Bill Stalls

October 2011

In Panama, medical professionals, who have now been on strike for a week, have opposed the project, forcing the legislative process to be suspended, until a consensus can be reached.

The main concept of the bill is that, in contrast to the traditional scheme, where companies are simply contracted by the State for the construction or development of public works, under the adoption of the PPP regime, the private sector would play a greater role in projects, funding the work and then receiving payment for the provision of services, on long-term contracts.

Public-private Partnership Law in Panama

June 2011

The government wants the private sector to be more involved in the development of infrastructure and services normally provided by the state.

The project to draft the law establishing a system of public-private partnership (PPP) is now being studied by the Panamanian National Assembly.

Criticism of Public-Private Partnership Projects

February 2012

Representatives of employers in El Salvador say the bill submitted to the Legislature does not provide legal certainty to investors.

The draft Law on Public Private Partnerships (PPP) is unsatisfactory to businesses and analysts, and they fear that if passed in its present form, there would be enormous discretion used when carrying out its regulatory functions which would not ensure legal certainty for investors .

El Salvador: Public-Private Partnership Law Under Spotlight

August 2011

Experts from various countries have been discussing the how to make the law successful in terms of attracting foreign investment.

Flexiblity, clarity and the inclusion of detailed processes are the characteristics that should define the new public-private partnership law whose draft version is currently being re-discussed in the country.

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