Panama and Singapore Sign Tax Agreement

The Panamanian government announced the signing of the agreement to avoid double taxation.

Monday, October 18, 2010


Vice President and Foreign Minister, Juan Carlos Varela, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Singapore, George Yeo, signed a Treaty for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with respect to income taxes, the first such agreement signed with an Asian country.

This treaty, the eighth signed, is the result of a national strategy to protect the international financial services of the country, "seeking to improve transparency and promote the attraction of foreign capital and generate greater investor confidence" as stated by President Ricardo Martinelli.

Varela also discussed with his counterpart on the possible opening of a Singapore sales office in Panama, an initiative that would strengthen trade relations between both countries. The chancellor also addressed issues of mutual interest such diplomacy, commercial and mutual cooperation.

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