Panama: Foreign Investment Up 11%

Between January and March, $1,315 million came into the country in foreign direct investment, representing an increase of almost 11% compared to the same period in 2016.

Monday, June 19, 2017

From a report compiled by the General Comptroller of the Republic:

Foreign direct investment, during the first quarter of 2017, totaled B /.1,315.4 million, representing 10.7 percent more than the B /. 1,188.7 million recorded during the same period last year, according to preliminary figures from the National Statistics and Census Institute (INEC) at the Office of the Comptroller General of the Republic.

INEC statistics indicate that, in the first three months of 2017, general license banks registered foreign direct investment in the amount of 160 million 900 thousand balboas, 3.7 percent more than the 155 million 200 thousand balboas in the first quarter of 2016. 

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After in the first semester of 2018 a 13% y-o-y fall in foreign investment flows was reported, the accumulated up to September totaled $4.251 million, 9% more than in the same period of 2017.

According to figures from the General Comptroller of the Republic, Foreign Direct Investment in Panama increased between the first nine months of 2017 and the same period in 2018, going from $3.892 million to $4.251 million.

El Salvador: FDI Increases 5%

January 2019

During the first nine months of 2018, Foreign Direct Investment flows to the country totaled $457 million, almost 5% more than in the same period in 2017.

From the Central Reserve Bank statement:

At the end of the third quarter of 2018, increases in foreign direct investment (FDI) totaled US$1,221.8 million, reflecting a 24.1% increase (US$237.2 million) over the previous year.

Foreign Direct Investment Down 17%

June 2018

During the first quarter of the year, Foreign Direct Investment in Panama totaled $1.099 billion, 17% less than was registered in the same period in 2017.

The most recent data from the Comptroller General of the Republic, indicates that the annual fall in the flow of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) reported in the first three months was 17.1%, down from $1.324 billion in 2017 to $1.099 billion in 2018.

Panama: Quarterly GDP Up by 6.2%

June 2017

Trade was the sector that contributed the most to GDP growth in the first quarter of the year, due to an increase in the value of re-exports from the Colon Free Zone.

From a statement issued by the Comptroller General of Panama:

The GDP of the Republic of Panama grew by 6.2% during the first quarter of 2017, compared to the same period last year, according to the latest report from the National Institute of Statistics and Census (INEC) by the Comptroller General of the Republic. 

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