The Superintendency of Securities may provide access to bank information when investigations because of breaches are carried out in the stock market.
The decree took effect on December 17, 2016, and states that when the Superintendency of Securities (SMV) requires information on bank depositors and liabilities, this will be requested through the Superintendency of Banksof Panama. In addition, the two regulators signed a memorandum of understandingto facilitate exchange of information.
In the first nine months of the year 1046 banking transactions were reported to have had characteristics of being possibly related to money laundering.
Data from the Superintendency of Banks in Guatemala indicates that 1046 reports were submitted, worth $400 million between January and September this year.
Elperiodico.com.gt reports that "...This year the number of reports increased by 25 percent, as in September 2015 only $100 million had been reported as suspicious transactions.The Superintendent indicated that this change is due to the "conscience" acquired by citizens, who are reporting more of these actions related to money laundering."Unusual situations that can not be explained by customers, become suspicious transaction and are reported," said the head of the SIB.
In January 2017 a rule will come into effect which allows the lifting of bank secrecy by court order at the request of the Tax Administration.
Decree 37-2016 Law to strengthen fiscal transparency and governance for the SAT was published today in Diario de Centroamerica, along with the dates for when each of the amendments adopted in the reform becomes effective.
On August 10 general license banks interested in the assets of the entity may submit offers.
The reorganizing entity designated by the Superintendency of Banks explained that the first to be invited are general license banks in the country, who will have 20 days to submit their proposals for all or part of the assets.
Anpanama.com reports that "...Once proposals have been submitted, the most feasible will be chosen, and then passed on to an analysis phase after which, finally, the company who will buy the assets of Banco Universal will be decided. "
As the region gets ready to start complying with the US law FATCA, OECD countries are already working on a Single Global Standard for automatic exchange of information.
FATCA could now be joined by the European OECD countries Single Global Standard for Automatic Clearing of CRS Information (Gatca), "... allowing tax information on their residents to be shared between them."
The Superintendency of Securities will be able to access banking information through the Superintendency of Banks, and share it with foreign regulators under the framework of international research on shares.
Marelissa Quintero, superintendent of Securities Market, told Prensa.com that "... under the law irregular transactions can be traced in the context of an investigation where there are indications of irregularities and violations in the securities market ... ". Also, she stated that "... foreign regulators may therefore request assistance from their Panamanian counterparts ...".
Many of the officials working in Central American governments are annoyed at the idea of the information they handle being accessible to citizens, and one way or another, they are impeding its availability.
"- Send a letter to Mrs Fulana, the person in charge of authorizing the release of information you have requested, stating the reasons for your request".
"It is imperative that banks have the necessary controls that enable them to timely detect suspicious money laundering activities."
The new president of the Banking Association of Panama (ABP) is proposing the creation and implementation of a Code of Conduct for unionized entities, similar to what exists for other banking associations in the region.
The agreement for Panama not to feature in Colombia's gray list establishes a deadline of one year for the signing of an agreement on double taxation and exchange of financial information, and is a sign that sooner rather than later, the Panamanian corporate and financial center will lose their comparative advantages.
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