Panama: More Investments in Free Zone

The arrival of 13 new companies has been announced in the sectors of services, processing of finished or semi-finished products and assembly in the free trade zone in the country.

Friday, May 15, 2015

From a statement issued by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry of Panama:

The potential of Panamanian Logistics, tax benefits and immigration benefits, are still the main attractions which caused 13 new companies to decide to settle in Panama, protected under Law 32 of April 5, 2011 on Free Zones, announced the Minister of Trade and Industry, Meliton Arrocha.

According to Minister Arrocha, the growing interest on the part of investors is due to the free zone concept offered and tax incentives granted to these zones in addition to migration facilities.

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For third year in a row investment flows from foreign companies in the free trade zone have decreased.

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