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Panama 2023

PUBLISHED March 2023


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In this 172-page Panama 2023 publication, The Business Year’s research team had the chance to experience Panama at a very interesting moment in its history. Panama had a tough pandemic, its economy exposed to the ebbs and flows of global trade more than most because of the country’s eponymous canal.

Having sat down with the country’s top business leaders, resilience was the resounding impression they left on our researchers. Despite a challenging period, the economy is now on the rebound and the business community is enthusiastic about what comes next.

Here is just a selection of the interviews contained:

  • Laurentino Cortizo Cohen, President, Panama
  • Carmen Gisela Vergara, Executive Director, PROPANAMA
  • Héctor Alexander, Minister of Economy and Finance
  • Marcela Galindo de Obarrio, President, Chamber of Commerce, Industries, and Agriculture of Panama (CCIAP)
  • Aimeé Sentmat de Grimaldo, President, Banistmo
  • Jorge Rivera Staff, National Secretary of Energy
  • Miguel Bolinaga, Country Manager, AES Panama
  • Antonio Domínguez, Managing Director Central America, Andina, and the Caribbean Sea, Maersk
  • Rafael José Sabonge Vilar, Minister of Public Works
  • Rodrigo Cardenal, CEO, Grupo Calesa
  • Maruja Gorday de Villalobos, Minister of Education
  • Diego Vallarino, Executive President, Grupo VerdeAzul (GVA)


The publication also features a range of articles and analysis, including:

  • Israeli investment
  • Post-pandemic recovery
  • Green hydrogen
  • Insurance
  • Electric vehicles
  • Remote work & cybersecurity
  • Alternative fuels
  • Real estate
  • Panama as a food hub
  • Higher education accreditation process
  • Sustainable tourism

About The Business Year
The Business Year is a global media group that has been providing investors, businesses, and governments with first-hand insights into the world’s most dynamic markets for over a decade. We conduct hundreds of interviews a week with top decision makers in the Middle East, Latin America, Central and Southeast Asia, Africa, and Europe. Our content is available in printed reports and across an array of digital platforms.



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