Panama: FDI Up 21% in 2018

During last year, foreign direct investment flows in the country totaled $5.549 million, 21% more than in 2017.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

The most recent figures from the General Comptroller's Office of Panama detail that between 2017 and 2018 the flow of Foreign Direct Investment increased by $980 million, going from $4.569 million to $5.549 million.

Figures show that for the years concerned, reinvested earnings grew 4%, from $3.168 million to $3.281 million. In the case of investments by companies in the Colon Free Zone increased 67%, rising from $402 million to $673 million.

Regarding the reinvested profits of companies in the Colon Free Zone, a 36% negative variation was reported, since in 2017 the amount reached $463 million and in 2018 the figure dropped to $294 million.

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From chapter I of the report "Flows of FDI in Latin America and the Caribbean", by the ECLAC:

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