Panama flag Panama: Investing in Panama

Investment framework and opportunities in Panama

Procedures Relative to Foreign Investment

Freedom of Establishment
Acquisition of Holdings
Majority holding interest in the capital of a company in Panama is legal. However, all foreign investors must obtain a work permit from the Ministry of Employment.
Obligation to Declare
The foreign investment promotion agency in the country enables one to be informed of the authorizations required to set up.
Competent Organisation For the Declaration
Panama Chamber of Commerce (Spanish only)
Requests For Specific Authorisations
Some importation conditions (e.g. imports exempt of custom duty) or certain merchandise requires prior authorization from relevant Ministries.  Amongst the merchandise, preliminary formalities specifically relate to equipment for the oil industry, household appliances, cars and naturally, products for human consumption for which one needs to obtain different registrations, in addition to a sanitary registration.

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Investment Opportunities

Investment Aid Agency
Business Panama
Tenders, Projects and Public Procurement
Tenders Info, Tenders in Panama
Inter-American Development Bank, Tenders in South America
Globaltenders, Tenders & Projects from Panama
DgMarket, Tenders Worldwide
Other Useful Resources
Invest in Panama & Offshore - Panama Offshore Services

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