Panama: Offshore Business Sectors
Offshore Business Introduction
Panama probably means shipping and the canal to most people, and indeed it has the world's largest shipping registry. However, Panama is also home to a substantial number of banks, with strong North and South American connections as might be expected. The canal and the Colón 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.