Panama Economic Activity March 2019


Panama: Economic activity falters in March

May 21, 2019

The monthly indicator for economic activity (IMAE, Índice Mensual de Actividad Económica) grew 3.0% year-on-year in March, significantly weakening from February’s 3.7% print.

According to Panama’s Comptroller’s Office (Contraloría General de la República), the increase in economic activity in March was largely driven by growth in the sectors of transportation, warehousing and communications (which includes activity in the Panama Canal and national ports); water and electricity supply; financial intermediation; and public administration. The sectors of commerce, mining, construction, agriculture and entertainment also grew in the month, albeit at a softer pace than the above-mentioned.

On a month-on-month, seasonally-adjusted basis, growth in economic activity came in at 1.6% in March, up from February’s 0.1% print. Meanwhile, average annual growth in economic activity was stable at February’s 3.2% in March.

Panama GDP Forecast

FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast panelists see the economy growing 4.8% in 2019, which is down 0.1 percentage points from last month’s forecast. The panel expects GDP to expand 4.7% in 2020.

Author:, Economist

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Panama Economic Activity March 2019

Note: Year-on-year changes and annual average variation of trend-cycle economic activity in %.
Source: National Comptroller’s Office and FocusEconomics calculations.

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