Panama and South Korea Sign Tax Agreement

The country completed 9 of 12 agreements required by the OECD to remove it from the tax haven gray-list.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


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The president, Ricardo Martinelli and his counterpart Lee Myung-bak took part as honorary witnesses to the signing of the Treaty for Avoidance of Double Taxation and Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with respect to income taxes between the two countries.

This initiative seeks to improve transparency and promote the attraction of foreign capital to generate greater confidence among investors. "With the signing of this treaty Panama is gaining credibility and demonstrates that we are a country that sets clear ground rules." said Martinelli.

The treaty with South Korea is the second signed during this first official visit of President Martinelli and Foreign Minister Juan Carlos Varela. The first agreement was with Singapore.

Martinelli Lee and Myung-bak were pleased with the signing of the agreement since it is intended to meet international standards and show fiscal transparency.

In addition to South Korea and Singapore, the country has signed treaties to prevent double taxation with Luxembourg, Mexico, Spain, Qatar, Barbados, Portugal and the Netherlands, while it has already negotiated and is awaiting sign-agreements with Italy, Belgium, France and Ireland. Under negotiation is an agreement with the Czech Republic.

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