Panamanian Insurance Sector to be Reformed

The Panamanian Association of Insurance Companies submitted a proposal for modifying the regulating law.

Friday, August 14, 2009


The most relevant topics in the proposal include accounting compliance with the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), creation of a Consumer Protection agency for insurance clients, and control and prevention of money laundering.

"Government and Insurance companies are working in reforming Law 59, from July 29, 1996. This law regulates insurance and reinsurance activities in the country. It is regarded as out of date and out of touch with the global reality", reported newspaper Panamá América.

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