Panama and the (eternal?) Price Controls

For the fifth time the Varela administration has extended the measure regulating the maximum prices of retail of 22 products in the basic basket, until July this year.

Monday, January 9, 2017

From a statement issued by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry:

The national government has extended, starting from January 7 2017, the temporary regulation of maximum prices for sales of 22 products in the basic food basket (CBA by its initials in Spanish) known as price controls, taking into consideration the positive results from the immediate reduction of CBA costs, giving Panamanians greater access to necessities. 

The measure was adopted by Executive Decree No.13 of January 6, 2017 published today in the official newspaper La Gaceta, extending for a period of six additional months the validity of Executive Decree No.165 of July 1, 2014.



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