Panama Savings Fund Approved

The bill received final passage on its third reading in the National Assembly with 41 votes in favor, 19 against and zero abstentions.

Friday, June 1, 2012

A statement from the National Assembly reads:

Panama Savings goes to Executive for approval

With the enactment by the Executive Body, Bill number 483, which creates the Panama Savings Fund (PSF), will become law of the Republic, after it was approved with 41 votes in favor, 19 against and zero abstentions, on the third reading by the full National Assembly of ministers.

The project, which was approved with most of its provisions, requires that Banco Nacional de Panama (BNP), as trustee, will be responsible for managing the assets of the PSF within a framework established in the Annual Investment Plan approved by the Board.

Asset management companies to invest in PSF

Similarly, the Technical Secretariat, under instructions from the Board, may order the trustee to contract one or more management companies to invest part of the assets of PSF as well as contract companies to take custody and care of the assets and shares of the Fund.

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