Panama: Financial Stimulus Program Beginning to be Used

Three financial companies have requested a total of $100 million from the Financial Stimulus Program, which up to now had not been utilized.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The three banks that requested funds from the Financial Stimulus Program (PEF), as confirmed by the executive of the National Bank of Panama, Darío Berbey, are firms with foreign and Panamanian capital. Due to issues of confidentiality, their names were not revealed.

In an article in "The banker emphasized that, in collaboration with current BNP authorities, important steps have been taken in order for banks to have 'quick' access to the $610 million dollars that this program has."

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Panama: Terms for the Financial Stimulus Program Known

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The National Bank has announced the terms and conditions under which PEF loans can be accessed.

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Panama: Financial Stimulus Program is Ready

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The terms and conditions of the Financial Stimulus Program for banks to access the $1.11 billion are ready.

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