Luring Migration Policy

Panama's migratory flexible regulation is a key factor for attracting multinational companies.

Friday, August 21, 2009

For General Electric (GE), the main motivation for moving its regional corporate headquarters from Costa Rica to Panama was not fiscal incentives, but flexibility in migration regulations.

For a global company, it is indispensable to be able to temporary employ foreign staff, and for Ricaurte Vásquez, GE president & CEO for Central America and the Caribbean, this is more important than tax benefits.

In an interview for newspaper La Estrella, GE's regional CEO points out additional advantages Panama offers: "Connectivity, and not only in communications, but also the posibility of maxing connections to travel to all of Latin America. We have an important gas operation in Trinidad & Tobago, for example, you can travel back and forth to this country. We also have operations in Aruba and the Caribbean islands. We report to Sao Paulo, and there are two daily flights to this city".

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