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Foreign Investment and Ownership Restrictions

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Are there any restrictions, controls, fees and/or taxes on foreign ownership of a project company?

In general terms, there are no fees or taxes on foreign ownership of a project company. Certain activities designated as retail trade are restricted to nationals.

The Constitution states that most of the capital of private utility companies operating in the country must be Panamanian, with exceptions provided by law.

It is also worth mentioning that the Constitution provides that foreign nationals or foreign legal entities may not acquire ownership of land located less than 10 kilometers from the border.

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