Colón Free Zone and Government Negotiate Taxes

Businessmen from Colón Free Zone (ZLC) will negotiate an eventual tax hike with the government.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Free Zone entrepreneurs had scheduled a protest for today, rejecting the tax increase law project.

"Sources from the Association of Users of the ZLC state that the protest was canceled after receiving a phone call from Ricardo Martinelli", reported

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