Economic Contraction Predicted in Panama

The Economist’s Unit of Economic Intelligence revised its growth estimate which was at 3.4% for 2009 downward, fixing it at minus 1.4%.

Friday, March 6, 2009

The forecast for 2010 is a slight recovery of 1.4% over 2009. The report also predicts victory in the upcoming presidential elections for opposition candidate Ricardo Martinelli.

With regard to this report, the Ministry of Finance signaled that it had possibly "(not taken) into account the financial incentive program recently announced by President Martín Torrijos.”

Mónica Palm, in her article in said, "The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) should pay attention to what The Economist is saying since it is warning about the possible need to search for other sources of funding to expand the Canal if the goal is to finish the job in 2014. The fact is that, according to what was originally projected, 56% of the funding for the expansion is coming from toll revenues, but a drop in vessel transit is anticipated."

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