DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/4w5hpw/the_report) has announced the addition of the "The Report: Panama 2014" report to their offering.
For the past decade Panama has registered impressive economic growth. According to the World Bank, GDP growth averaged 6.8% from 2000 to 2012, while government figures show double-digit growth for four of the past seven years.
Economic development has been fuelled by heavy public sector spending on infrastructure, particularly the $5.25bn expansion of the Panama Canal, which should ensure long-term growth. With GDP growth expected to decelerate but still average 7-9% from 2013 to 2015 and 6-8% through to 2020, Panama is set to remain a unique and exciting destination for investment in the short to medium term due to its solid macroeconomic record, importance to global trade and strong investment framework.
Public sector spending has emerged as the primary driver of economic growth in the past few years as the country prepares for the post-Panamax era of the Panama Canal. The canal's impact, both domestically and internationally, will expand substantially upon the completion of a third set of locks scheduled for 2015. Putting exact figures on the domestic impact of the expanded waterway is a tall order, though further capitalising on the country's status as a major trade route will most certainly be crucial to future economic progress.
Transport & Logistics
Growing at double-digit rates in each of the past five years apart from 2009, the transportation and logistics sector contributed 24.1% to GDP in 2012 and is identified as one of four pillars of economic growth in the Strategic Economic Plan 2010-14. To secure the future of the sector the administration is investing $9.6bn, equivalent to 70% of public sector investment, from 2010 to 2014 in infrastructure upgrades.
Retail & Distribution
Double-digit GDP growth for four of the past seven years, moderate inflation and high employment have had a positive impact on Panama's retail sector. According to the National Institute of Statistics and Census, retail revenues increased 19.1% between 2011 and 2012, outpacing those of other service segments, and attracting growing interest from potential foreign entrants, particularly from the US.
According to the National Public Services Authority, ICT revenues rose from $743m in 2007 to $957m in 2013, maintaining a contribution to national GDP of around 3%. Much of this growth has been generated through the expansion of mobile services and broadband, which continue to offer significant room for growth. Fixed-line connections also registered significant expansion, rising 14% year-on-year in 2012, with the installation of 80,000 new lines.
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