Investing in Panama

Panama is a great place to invest, retire or own a second home — a paradise that has been attracting foreign investors from around the globe for the past 100 years.

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Here is a short list of the factors that make Panama a great investment and retirement option.

Panama Canal

  • The Panama Canal currently generates an average of $2 billion in revenue every year, providing a strong foundation for the country’s economy and attracting multi-national companies from around the world.
  • The Panama Canal is currently being expanded at a cost of $5.2 billion, resulting in significant foreign investment.
  • Once the expansion is completed, revenues are expected to more than double to $5 billion per year. This expansion is scheduled for completion in 2015.


  • Panama is the largest off-shore banking center in the world after Switzerland, often called the Switzerland of the Americas.
  • Panama is an international banking center including more than 80 banking institutions.
  • Panama banks have collective assets in excess of $75 billion.


  • The government plans to spend $13.6 billion on infrastructure and social programs by 2014.
  • The government of Panama has earmarked and begun spending $2 billion for an overhaul of Panama City’s public transport system, including an underground subway line which is currently under construction and scheduled to begin operation at the end of 2013.
  • Tocumen International Airport in Panama City, is in the process of expanding to accommodate 40 percent more traffic.
  • A new international airport has already begun construction in Rio Hato. This airport will provide international flights to the top beach destinations and resorts in Panama.
  • Panama’s major port operators are investing over $300 million to improve port infrastructure.
  • Panama benefits from five of the major submarine telecommunications loops traversing through the country.
  • Additional Mega-Projects: Some major oil refinery projects have also been proposed and if approved, these projects will total over $10 billion in investments.
  • Investors in Panama are currently involved in telecommunication and hydroelectric projects worth $7.2 billion.
  • Panama is set to become the second largest copper producer in the world.


  • Panama has the highest tourism growth rate in Latin America.
  • Panama has, and is attracting many of the most recognized hotel brands in the world such as Trump Ocean Club, Hilton, Waldorf Astoria and Ritz Carlton.
  • Panama recently opened a home port for the largest cruise companies such as Royal Caribbean and the Spanish cruise company, Pullmantur.
  • Forbes Magazine ranks Panama #4 worldwide in tourist destinations.
  • Johns Hopkins Hospital is leading the path in medical tourism in Panama.

Colon Free Trade Zone

  • The Colon Free Trade Zone is the largest free zone in the world after Hong Kong.
  • Over 2,500 companies operate within the Colon Free Zone.
  • The Free Zone handles more than $16 billion in imports and re-exports each year, and is expected to increase productivity by 7% each year for the next decade.
  • The Colon Free Zone employs more than 28,000 people, with the best-trained bilingual work force in Central America.


  • Panama routinely earns the highest investment ranking in Latin America; equal with Brazil and Chile.
  • Panama Averaged 8 percent annual growth between 2000 and 2012, the fastest pace in Latin America.
  • Panama’s economy continued to grow during the global recession.
  • Panama’s economy is expected to grow at an average annual rate of more than 5 percent through 2015; one of the highest projections in the world.