World Economy

Panama Moving Toward Transparency

Panama Moving Toward TransparencyPanama Moving Toward Transparency

Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela says his country will adopt global tax reporting standards in the aftermath of the Panama Papers controversy, VoA reported. “To prevent the illegal use of Panama’s financial systems, we would like to cooperate with other countries to improve transparency,” Valera told reporters Tuesday in Tokyo. Members of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development will visit Panama this week to negotiate ways Panama and other countries can automatically share tax information beginning in 2018. “We have the door open to do it in a multilateral way,” Valera said. Panama would join some 100 countries that have already agreed to automatically swapping tax information. The Panamanian president told reporters his country will also establish a committee of domestic and foreign experts to promote transparency within Panama’s financial system. The actions are aimed at preventing another scandal similar to the “Panama Papers,” which earned Panama a reputation as a tax haven and a place where money laundering was common among some of the world’s wealthiest people.