This chapter includes the following articles.
With a dollarised economy, low inflation and relative political stability, Panama remains a highly attractive regional financial centre. Recording strong performance in 2014, the country’s International Banking Centre, which contributes 7.5% to Panama’s GDP and comprises the national banking system and international banks, is well capitalised with total assets of some $111.4bn as of March 2015. In light of the country’s inclusion in the grey list of the Financial Action Task Force, authorities are currently taking steps to adapt sector legislation to enhance transparency and improve its anti-monetary laundering/counterfinancing of terrorism regime. The banking sector’s outlook is positive, with Panama’s economic environment likely to remain strong with steady growth in loans, deposits and overall assets, while the competitive landscape is likely to see the entrance of new players.
This chapter features interviews with Rolando de León de Alba, General Manager, Banco Nacional de Panamá; and Robert Williams, General Manager, Scotiabank Panama.