Impact of the Panama-Colombia Agreement

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.

Thursday, October 23, 2014


International pressure to establish a comprehensive and transparent flow of tax information, continuously increases with the OECD as a powerful locomotive, and puts up against the wall countries such as Panama where for many years international financial centers have existed with specialized services which attract corporate finance companies from around the globe with tax benefits and opacity in related information.

The Panama International Financial Center was and is very important for the economy, and it is logical that this sector defends the maintenance of the conditions that make it attractive for international investors. But as we said in the previous paragraph, the pressure of powerful countries seeking to prevent avoidance of tax incurred on the wealth of their national citizens is increasing.

As various analysts have already suggested, government officials and even industry representatives, the International Financial Centre must undertake an orderly retreat towards more realistic positions than mere resistance to the signing of any agreement for cooperation in tax reporting. In the end, a good control of losses is better than the demise of the business.

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