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Panama 2024

PUBLISHED January 2024


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This year, we embarked on a journey through Panama’s business landscape at a crucial time in the country’s economic history. Our mission is always to illuminate the investment opportunities in the markets we cover, and through dozens of interviews with top business leaders, we believe The Business Year: Panama 2024 does just that. Yet it has not all been plain sailing for Panama over the past year, and in the following pages we delve into both the opportunities and the challenges.

This over 160-page publication features interviews with top business leaders from every major sector of the economy, as well as a range of articles and analysis.


Here is just a selection of the interviews contained:

  • José Alejandro Rojas Pardini, Minister of Private Investment
  • Carmen Gisela Vergara, Executive Director, PROPANAMA
  • Milciades Concepción, Minister of Environment
  • Héctor Alexander, Minister of Economy and Finance
  • Aimeé Sentmat de Grimaldo, President, Banistmo
  • Jorge Rivera Staff, Former National Secretary of Energy
  • Carlos Augusto Salcedo Zaldívar, Minister Counselor for Agricultural Affairs
  • Eduardo Ortega Barría, National Secretary for Science, Technology and Innovation (SENACYT)
  • Sang Jik Lee (Zezinho), President, Samsung Central America and the Caribbean
  • Jared H. Zerbe, CEO, Hutchison Ports PPC
  • Denise Guillén Zúñiga, General Administrator, Panama Tourism Authority (ATP)
  • María Brown PérezMinister of Education


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

  • Special Economic Areas
  • Upcoming presidential elections
  • Private sustainability initiatives
  • Regional capital flight
  • Energy diversification
  • The digital economy
  • Home ports
  • The reactivation of the construction sector
  • MICE 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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