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With access to both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans within a few kilometres of each other, Panama is one of the best-located countries for maritime activities globally. Added to its location, the Panama Canal and its expansion make it a key player in world commerce. The current container-handling capacity for the Pacific side of Panama is estimated at 5m twenty-foot...

Although historically the Panama Canal has been the top revenue earner, the contribution of canal revenues as a percentage in the transport and logistics sector has been gradually declining. In 2008 income from the canal represented 46.6% of sector GDP, while in 2013 it amounted to 37%. This shows that other transport modalities, mainly land-based cargo, have increased...

How much consolidation can be expected in the short-to-medium term, and what is the impetus for recent merger and acquisition activity?

In terms of premiums, the country’s insurance sector has been growing consistently since 2009. However, by some measures, profitability has been falling. According to Panama’s insurance trade association, Asociación Panameña de Aseguradores (APADEA), technical profits (i.e., the earnings from underwriting of risks) totalled $13.5m in 2013, while in the first nine months...

The capital markets in Panama are highly internationalised, both in terms of capital flows and the institutions involved, with the financial stability of a dollarised economy helping attract global firms looking to expand their Latin American footprint. The country has already established itself as a regional banking hub, with 76 local and international banks operating...

THE COMPANY: Panama Power Holdings is a holding company that is traded on the Panama Stock Exchange (Bolsa de Valores de Panamá, BVP) under ticker symbol PPHO. Through its subsidiaries, the company operates and develops renewable energy generation projects. Its primary focus is run-of-the-river hydroelectric power stations.

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