Posted by: luisabaldwin | January 7, 2013

Panama in 2013


Tom Brymer
Panama Advisory Group
Villa 128 Valle Escondido
Boquete, Chiriqui 33176, Panama

A while back I described Panama’s economy as “smoking hot” and, with GDP growth at a staggering 11% for 2012,  so it is.  We are very fortunate to have permission to reprint this exciting article on the miracle that is Panama’s economy, written by Tom Brymer.  His newsletter is always filled with interesting information and, I’m sure, he will be happy to put you on his mailing list.  Just send him an e-mail.

by Tom on December 29, 2012 in News from Panama

I am creating a new category for this post – “Reaching for the sky”

The numbers are out for 2012 and they are incredible as always. Here is how they stack up.

Our economic growth will be posted at 11 % for the year of 2012.  That is the strongest in Latin America by far.  In the same breath it was predicted that growth for 2013 will only be 8%.  These are the same people who said that 2012 would end up at 7%, very conservative but that is typical here.

In the  5 years that President Ricardo Martinelli will have been in office, expenditures and investments in major projects will exceed $15 billion. That is $5.25 billion for the Panama Canal expansion, $2.2 billion for the new metro transportation system and over $6.2 billion in Foreign Direct Investment in mining in Panama where we have the second largest copper reserves in the world.  The copper reserves were just readjusted upwards  a couple of weeks ago by 27% and gold reserves by 41% at the Cobre Panama project. This is in addition to the huge infrastructure investment in roadway and hydro electric projects expansion across the country.

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Construction permits were up 36% in 2012 and expected to increase again in 2013.  A lot of this is in the nonresidential sector where office buildings, hotels and shopping centers are being built.

Pricing remained stable  in the residential real estate market in Panama in 2012 surpassing price per square foot paid in 2007 despite a meltdown in Europe and the United States during the same period of time.

Two new airports opening in 2013 , the new International airport in Rio Hato and the expansion of the international airport in David  will create major opportunities for tourism development in these market areas.

Expansion of the Tocumen International Airport and investment by Copa Airlines in expanded routes in 2013 will insure Panama’s lead as The Hub of the Americas.

It is all in the numbers.

Panama’s positive growth and accelerated project expansion continues providing opportunities for companies across multiple infrastructure sectors.

Government investment and therefore opportunities so far include:

$6.2 billion in revenues projected- Mining Projects

$5.2 billion -Panama Canal Expansion

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$2.2 billion-Panama Metro Line

$1.1 billion- Road Projects

$1 billion+- Energy Generation Projects various LNG/hydro/wind

$750 million-Howard Air Force Base Conversion

$540 million- Water Supply & Sanitation

$415 million-Panama Electrical Interconnection with Colombia

$358 million-Public Hospitals

$200 million-Airport Expansion

$80 million- Bridge of the Americas Reconstruction

Private Investment includes: (among other large-scale projects)

$700+ million on New Hotels and Real Estate

Trans-shipment ports expansion and Colon Trade Free Zone.

Thomas H. Brymer II



  1. Went to visit Bocas del Toro on your site and Boquete was circled. Hard to find Bocas del Toro?

    • Hello Carlotta,
      Boquete is circled because that’s where we live and the site is somewhat concentrated on our area. Bocas isn’t hard to find. And you do come close to Boquete to get there. Just look on the map, it’s due North of Boquete. Hope you enjoy yourselves.

  2. We’re a group of volunteers and opening a new scheme in our community.
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    on. You have done an impressive job and our whole community will be grateful to you.

    • Thank you for your kind words. Best of luck with your endeavors.

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