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Panama: Latin America’s Highest FDI Per GDP

Panama has Latin America’s highest foreign direct investment level compared to its economy.


Brazil leads Latin America when it comes to overall foreign direct investment, but Panama is the champion when investment is measured as a percent of its GDP, according to a Latin Business Chronicle analysis of FDI data from the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and GDP data from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).  (See chart).

Panama last year received foreign direct investment (FDI) worth $2.4 billion, an increase of 26 percent from 2007. That represents 10.4 percent of its $23.1 billion economy. By comparison, Brazil received FDI worth $45.1 billion, an increase of 30 percent. However, that only represented 2.9 percent of Brazil’s $1.5 trillion economy. Still, that was an improvement from 2007, when Brazil’s FDI-GDP level was 2.6 percent.

Chile and Nicaragua follow Panama on the ranking of FDI-GDP leaders. Chile last year received FDI worth $16.8 billion – the second-highest level in Latin America and ...

Keywords: Brazil, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Uruguay, Venezuela

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