Panama's Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) amounted to $ 5,209.3 million in 2016, compared to $ 4,494.2 million in 2015, according to a report by the Economic and Social Analysis Department of the Ministry of Economy and Finance.
These results reflect an increase of 15.9% and demonstrate investor confidence in the country's macroeconomic performance.
Other investments (18.5% of the total or $ 965.6 million) and shares and capital participation (15.0% of the total or $ 781.1 million) are highlighted.
The report also notes that Panama maintained the growth rate of FDI, in circumstances where the rest of the region faced an adverse economic environment due to the fall of up to 8% in capital flows, according to the Economic Commission For Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).
The MEF report mentions among the factors that helped to achieve good results, the use of the dollar, the logistics system led by the activities of the Canal, ports, railroad, Colon Free Zone, development of the hub of the Americas , The International Banking Center and the policies of incentive and attraction of investments that offer fiscal, migratory and labor advantages.
The report indicates that in 2016 was registered the highest number of companies established in Panama with SEM (Multinational Enterprises Headquarters). According to the Ministry of Commerce and Industries, a total of 25 new licenses were granted to multinational companies
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