Having now opened an embassy in Panama, China has announced large-scale investments which will see direct flights between both countries and also high-speed Chinese trains opening up Panama`s transport network. In future, China wants to use Panama as its hub of the Americas.
These represent decidedly positive changes for Panama`s economy and real estate market alike.
A lot has happened in 2017 concerning the relationship between Panama and China, things which could hardly have been predicted at the beginning of the year. To start with, China revealed infrastructure projects in Panama to the tune of 2 billion US dollars. This includes the construction of a container port on the Canal for 900 million, a thermoelectric power station for a further 900 million and the most state-of-the-art conference centre in Central America (200 million).
After diplomatic relations between the two countries were taken up in June, both governments have greatly increased their levels of cooperation. Over the last few weeks new embassies have been opened in both locations and talks have now begun regarding the first direct flights. This will serve to bring both Panama and China (including their investors and tourists) even closer together.
Asian banks are additionally showing interest in opening subsidiaries in Panama City`s financial district. Should China receive authorisation for the planned high-speed train project in Panama, a new milestone for the infrastructure of the nation will be reached. Faster journeys throughout the country will result. So too, it would mean an absolute game changer for our Boca Brava island plans, as our plot is only one hour away from a proposed station in David, the provincial capital of Panama`s most beautiful state. An international airport already exists there.
China is currently preparing everything on a political and economic level so that Panama will become its entry gate to Latin America. It sees Panama as its hub of the Americas, a trading and logistics platform which it can use for its activities in the region. Panama itself is the ideal partner for China on the American continent for many reasons: the US dollar currency, legal and political security, geographical location, excellent infrastructure and openness to foreign investors. Panama`s exports to Asia grew by 23% in 2016, and the mutual existing potential is enormous.
Panama`s President Juan Carlos Varela recently gave an interview at the United Nations in New York on the partnership with China and the future of his country. You can find the interview here.
The arrival of Chinese investors is going to have a very positive effect on real estate market prices in Panama, as the Chinese will discover a market with currently attractive prices. Apartments on the Pacific promenade of Panama City offer a wonderful view of the ocean, the Canal gateway and the islands. Investors can purchase accommodation here for an average of 2500 dollars per square metre. Such prices are extremely hard to find in comparable settings in other parts of the world.
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