Elections in Panama: Economic Programs

For whoever wins the elections on May 3, the main challenge will be to maintain the economic growth that has averaged 8% annually in recent years.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Both the PRD (the Democratic Revolutionary Party, plus the Liberal Party and the People's Party) and Alianza para el Cambio (Democratic Change, the Patriotic Union, the Panamanian Party and Molirena), propose the continuation of the current macro-economic direction of the country, giving continuity to many of the programs conducted by the government of Martín Torrijos.

The article by Marianela Palacios and Yolanda Sandoval, published in martesfinanciero.com, said: "The economic teams of presidential candidates Balbina Herrera and Ricardo Martinelli recognize that they will face a very different scenario from the one faced by the government of Martín Torrijos. Based on their government programs, both groups showed the amounts of investment and reforms that they seek to implement to ensure the stability that, in their view, the country needs."

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