Panama releases finance report

It was produced by a committee of experts created in April.


A committee of experts has proposed measures to strengthen the transparency of Panama's tax system and its anti-money laundering laws.

They are also calling for the implementation of new regulations for professionals linked to the financial services industry and the effective enforcement of international treaties.

On Monday, the government made the 19-page report public. It was presented to President Juan Carlos Varela Friday.

The committee was formed April 29 in response to the media reports on the files of the law firm Mossack Fonseca organized by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).

The ensuing scandal forced the government to implement standards of transparency demanded by the international community.

Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz and Swiss criminal law professor Mark Pieth resigned from the committee in August and presented their own report, which did not focus on Panama but rather the offshore industry as a whole, earlier this month.



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