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Panama Sovereign Fund

Monday, April 11, 2011


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latin Americans seeking a stable place to deposit funds have for decades relied on Panamanian banks. Panama itself may soon become a lender to major borrowers at home and abroad, through the creation of a sovereign wealth fund.

Oil-producing countries typically create these funds, which let them lend excess earnings productively, when prices are high. Meanwhile, a sovereign wealth fund can act as a reserve, from which the country draws funds during times of low prices, instead of incurring debt.

Panama has no oil. But it expects to have annual revenues of as much as $6 billion, once the expanded canal starts operations in 2015. This would be around $3 billion more than the canal currently produces - and more than the government could effectively spend in a given year.

The International Monetary Fund is advising Panamanian Economics and Finance Minister, Alberto Vallarino, on the viability of the project.

Opportunities

  • Financial advisors
  • Banks
  • Borrowers