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Beyond the canal Panamas challenges

Beyond the canal: Panama's challenges

September 3, 2012

Blessed with a geographical location that sees it link the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, and the trade that comes with it, Panama is keen to show that there is more to the country than its world-famous canal. Mining, tourism and finance are rapidly growing areas in Panama, though, as senior figures in the country discuss, a labour shortage poses a threat to this impressive growth story. 

Ricardo Martinelli, Panama president

Panama's president means business

December 1, 2011

With an economy on the rise and an influx of new foreign investment, Panama's businessman-turned-president Ricardo Martinelli is planning to push on with taking advantage of the country's location and expanding the Panama Canal, as more ships look to transport goods between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. 

Latin America leads the profits league

November 1, 2011

Latin American banks show the highest returns of any region in the world, but there are some sharp variations within the region.

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Panama leads the way

October 28, 2009

With the exception of Panama, whose macroeconomy is cushioned by its canal expansion plan, GDP growth forecasts for the small economies of central America are negative this year as trade and investment from the US slows. Writer Jane Monahan

A boom at odds with world gloom

November 3, 2008

Panama has been capitalising on its prime location between the Americas to attract foreign companies, and has been ramping up its infrastructure to support growth. So how will it be affected by the global slowdown? Writer John Rumsey.

Foreigners flock in as Panama blossoms

February 4, 2008

With a thriving economy that appears to be on the up, Panama is seeing a wave of takeovers by foreign banks. John Rumsey reports.

Consolidation fervour goes on

March 5, 2007

M&As have further cut the number of rankable entries in our listing, which remains dominated by Panama.

Banistmo’s Jack of All Trades

June 5, 2006

Turning developments in the region and even Panama’s own political crises to good advantage, Banistmo won The Banker’s Bank of the Year award, having retained its position as Panama’s leading private bank over the past two decades. It has also grown into central America’s biggest private banking group.

Steaming back into the financial mainstream

June 5, 2006

Despite being blacklisted by the world’s major regulatory bodies in 2000, Panama’s banks never stopped growing. Jane Monahan reports from Panama City.

What the bankers say: Panama

January 2, 2006

The Banker invites CEOs from around the world to discuss the economic climate in their country and institution, and their hopes for the future

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