Panama: Offshore Business Sectors
Offshore Business Introduction
Panama probably means shipping and the canal to most people, and indeed it is the world's largest shipping registry; but it is also home to a substantial number of banks, with strong North and South American connections, as might be expected. The canal, and Panama's Colon Free Zone, have established the country as a pre-eminent trading base, and an unknown but presumably high proportion of Panama's registered companies are involved in trade.
Panama has a captive insurance sector, and through its stock exchange is attempting to encourage mutual funds; but neither sector has reached a great size.
This section of the site describes the most important types of offshore business activity carried out from Panama.