The increase of more than 5% in the cost of construction and the revaluation of land in the capital, has made the social housing segment unprofitable for builders.
"In its projections for 2013, the National Housing Council (Convivienda) a guild that brings together the leading companies involved in the construction of family units will build 8,206 dwellings (houses and apartments) with a total investment of approximately $800 million. In this calculation there are no projects below the $35,000 mark", reported Prensa.com.
Although the Superintendent of the Stock Exchange in Panama has lifted the suspension of the brokerage firm Financial Pacific the Stock Exchange has not approved its integration.
According to the president of the board of the Stock Exchange, Felipe Chapman, "there are still many unanswered questions", relating to this organization. Questions such as "How was the loss recovered, what were the terms of the sale, who are the buyers and what is their interest in the business?," said the official.
The hydroelectric sector in Panama is a boiling pot where scores of projects are cooked, garnished with failures and speculation.
Eighty-nine concession requests are pending, 43 projects have had permissions denied or canceled by the developers and another 31 projects are in different phases of design or construction. Of the $2.3 billion that all these tentative projects represent, it is most likely that only half will be eventually realized.
Banks participating in the program won't benefit from lower rates nor more flexible conditions than those provided by their correspondent banks.
Diego Quijano, in an article published in Prensa.com, writes: "This is because the cost of the funds won't be subsidized and collateral will be required, for the program to be 'sustainable'".
The program is a "mechanism to stimulate credit in the economy, of voluntary, non compulsory use for interested banks" indicated Felipe Chapman, partner at consulting firm Indesa, during a presentation to clients on the probable repercussions of the PEF (Programa Estímulo Financiero - Financial Stimulus Program)".