Panama Seeks to Increase Foreign Investment

The government and private enterprise are looking to strengthen the legal and regulatory framework to preserve and enhance the competitiveness of the country.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

The Government of the Republic of Panama recognized that the country, as a center for prestigious international and financial services, needs to preserve and enhance its competitiveness and increase the attraction of foreign direct investment, so it must strengthen its legal and regulatory framework.

In this sense, it has considered it in the national interest to designate a multidisciplinary work-team comprised of representatives from the public and private sectors to analyze and propose concrete actions with respect to measures which the government regards as necessary to implement in order to:

- Keep the country from being misused for illegal activities of any nature.

- Increase levels of accountability and transparency regarding the ownership of corporations.

The Government believes that since these issues are of national interest they require support from all sectors within the national framework.

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