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Panama Foreign Direct Investment, percent of GDP

(percent, source: The World Bank)


Panama Foreign Direct Investment, percent of GDP: For that indicator, The World Bank provides data for Panama from 1977 to 2013. The average value for Panama during that period was 4.54 percent with a minumum of -12.21 percent in 1988 and a maximum of 17.13 percent in 2006.


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Foreign direct investment in Panama and other countries reflects the foreign ownership of production facilities. To be classified as foreign direct investment, the share of the foreign ownership has to be equal to at least 10 percent of the value of the company. The investment could be in manufacturing, services, agriculture, or other sectors. It could have originated as green field investment (building something new), as acquisition (buying an existing company) or joint venture (partnership).

You can visit the FDI section of our global economy guide for a discussion of the factors that drive FDI and the benefits from it.

FDI is reported on an annual basis, i.e. how much new investment was received in the country during the current year. It typically runs at about 2-3 percent of the size of the economy measured by its gross domestic product. If a country routinely receives FDI that exceeds 5-6% of GDP each year, then this is a significant success.

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World Bank definition: Foreign direct investment are the net inflows of investment to acquire a lasting management interest (10 percent or more of voting stock) in an enterprise operating in an economy other than that of the investor. It is the sum of equity capital, reinvestment of earnings, other long-term capital, and short-term capital as shown in the balance of payments. This series shows net inflows (new investment inflows less disinvestment) in the reporting economy from foreign investors, and is divided by GDP.