Doing Business in Panama

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Subject (Course): International Trade and Business in Panama. The Canal. Syllabus:

  1. Introduction to the Republic of Panama (Central America).
  2. Panamanian economy
  3. International trade of Panama.
  4. Business in Panama City.
  5. Panama Canal.
  6. Cases study:
    1. City of Knowledge.
    2. Colon Free Zone.
    3. Set-up a company in Panama.
  7. Clusters of investment:
    1. Services
    2. Tourism
    3. Logistics
    4. Information Technologies
    5. Energy
    6. Agribusiness.
  8. Investing in Panama.
  9. Legal Framework for foreign investment (FDI) in Panama.
  10. Foreign companies in Panama.
  11. Introduction to Spanish
  12. Access to the Panamanian market
  13. Business plan for Panama.

Objectives of the subject "Doing Business in the Republic of Panama":

  1. To analyze the Panamanian economy and foreign trade
  2. To evaluate business opportunities in Panama
  3. To explore Panama's trade relations with the student country
  4. To know the free trade agreements (FTAs) of the Republic of Panama
  5. To understand the role of the Panama Canal and the Colon Free Zone
  6. To develop a business plan for the Panamanian market
Subject "Doing Business in Panama" is studied in:
  1. Master in Business in Latin America
  2. Master in international business (MIB)
  3. Doctorate DIB Business in America
  4. Course Doing business in Central America

Course learning materials in: En or Es Panama Fr Panama

Sample of the subject - Doing business in Panama
Colon Free Zone

Subject description (Doing Business in Panama).

The Republic of Panama:

  1. Capital: Panama City
  2. Panamanian population: 4 millions of people
  3. Area: 75,517 km²
  4. Frontiers of Panama: Costa Rica and Colombia
  5. Panamanian official language: Spanish
  6. Main religion in Panama: Christianity - Catholicism (3 million) and Protestants).
  7. Panama belongs to the Christian Civilization - Latin American area
  8. Panama became independent from Spain in 1821
  9. Abolition of slavery in  Panama: 1824
  10. African Diaspora in  Panama: 0,4 millions of people (14% of the Panamanian population)

Panama City Business

Panamanian economy.

  1. Main pillars of the economy of the Republic of Panama (America) are: the Panama Canal, banking and Financial services and the Colon Free trade Zone (biggest duty-free zone in the Americas)
  2. The Balboa and the US Dollar (USD) are the official currencies of Panama.
  3. Panama has no central bank, it does not have risk of devaluations and having total freedom to transfer capitals.
  4. The International Banking Center of Panama, with more than 70 international banks, is governed by the principles of the Basel Convention.
  5. The City of Knowledge is an international complex for education, R & D, organized to promote and facilitate synergy between universities, scientific research centers, companies of the new economy and international organizations.
  6. In the Republic of Panama they were installed five submarine fiber optic cables communicating North America and South America and the Caribbean with the world, making it the ideal location for telecommunications companies and data centers. Leading companies (MCI, Cable & Wireless and Movistar) have been implemented in Panama.
  7. The Republic of Panama has been selected by major multinational companies such as Samsung Electronics, Inc., DHL, DELL (Call Center), Hutchinson Port Holding Group, HSBC, BICSA, Scotiabank, Assicurazioni Generali, American Life Insurance Company... as headquarters for their regional operations.
  8. Major international organizations such as UNICEF, the United Nations Development Programme, the Organization of American States, the Spanish International Cooperation Agency (AECI) and Bladex, among others, have chosen Panama to establish their regional headquarters.

International trade of Panama.

  1. The Colon Free Zone is the second biggest Duty Free Trade Zone of the World (2.500 enterprises, 27.347 employments, 16.160 million dollars in imports and re-exports (international trade).
  2. Exports of Panama: 821 million dollar.
  3. Main Panamanian export products: salmon, tuna, beef, watermelon, shrimp, and pineapples.
  4. Top export partners of Panama (as % of total export value): the United States 42%, the People's Republic of China and Taiwan 5.3%, Costa Rica 7.3%, Sweden 5.4%, Netherlands 6.5%, Spain 6.2%.
  5. Top import partners of Panama: the United States 29%, Costa Rica 5.2%, Mexico 4.5%, China 4.2%, Japan 3.6%.

Panama Business

The Panama Canal.

  1. The Republic of Panama has a privileged geo-strategic position that makes it one of the most important logistics centers in the World; with the Panama Canal as a major axis, the Panama Canal over 190 million metric tons of cargo (container, Bulk...) are transported, serving more than 120 maritime routes to 80 countries.
  2. 80 kilometers between the Pacific and the Atlantic Oceans, 8 to 10 hours to transit
  3. 14,000 ships pass through the Panama Canal every year.
  4. The activities of international transport through the Panama Canal representing 5% of global foreign trade.
  5. The increase in foreign trade, especially between Asia and the United States, continues to have very significant impact on the demand for the services of the
  6. Panama Canal to increase both the number of Panamax transits and the UMS tonnage (Tonnage System Channel).
  7. The expansion project of the Panama Canal (1 billion dollars) offers significant business opportunities for companies around the world.

Central American Integration System

Free Trade Agreements (FTA) and market access of Panama:

  1. Central American integration system (SICA)
  2. Central American Common Market - Integrated with SICA -
  3. Panama has free trade agreements (FTA) with the United States, Canada, Central America, Chile, El Salvador, Taiwan, Singapore, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, the European Union, the Andean Community, and Costa Rica.
  4. Association of Caribbean States (ACS)
  5. Mesoamerica project

Central American Common Market

Panama is member of...

  1. Latin American and Caribbean economic System (SELA)
  2. Economic Commission for Latin America (ECLAC)
  3. Inter-American Development Bank
  4. Latin American Integration Association (observer)...
  5. Forum for East Asia - Latin America (Panama)
  6. Organization of American States (OAS)
  7. Africa - South America Summit (ASA)
  8. World Bank (WB), the Andean Community (Observer), the International Monetary Fund, the World Trade Organization (WTO), the United Nations (UN),...

FTA EU Central America

Canada - Panama Agreement:
FTA Panama Canada

FTA Central America Panama

Agreement Panama Taiwan:
FTA Taiwan Panama


Agreement Panama Singapore:
FTA Panama Singapore

FTA United States Panama

Panama - Andean Community

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