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Gender Equality: The Right and Smart Thing to Do for Poverty Reduction

Gender Equality: The Right and Smart Thing to Do for Poverty Reduction
A World Bank study analyzes the evolving economic role of women in the Central American economies and finds “a gender revolution in the making”. For the first time, women earn more than men in Central America.
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Panama's economy has experienced a boom, with growth in real GDP averaging over 8 percent from 2006-2008. The expansion project of the Panama Canal and a number of mega-projects are expected to boost and extend economic expansion, presenting an opportunity to make progress in reducing poverty and inequality.
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Improving Panama’s Preparedness and Response to Catastrophic Disasters - Photo: Sinaproc

Improving Panama’s Preparedness and Response to Catastrophic Disasters
A World Bank instrument offers Panama timely funds in the aftermath of a major natural disaster. This operation will enhance the country’s capacity to implement its Disaster Risk Management Program.
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Latin America: closing the financial sector gap

Latin America: closing the financial sector gap
Latin America’s financial sector has managed to protect the region from the global economic crisis but now it should focus on providing better services to consumers and business, says a new World Bank report.
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Creating Greater Opportunities for All in Panama

Creating Greater Opportunities for All in Panama
Panama has grown faster than almost any Latin American economy in recent years, and through a partnership with the World Bank, the country is striving to ensure the benefits of this prosperity reach its poorest citizens.
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Keeping High Growth Rates in Panama with Transparency and Inclusion

Keeping High Growth Rates in Panama with Transparency and Inclusion
World Bank Managing Director Sri Mulyani Indrawati praises President Ricardo Martinelli for Panama's prosperity and efforts towards public sector efficiency and social inclusion.
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Increase in Tax Revenues to Boost Social Programs

Increase in Tax Revenues to Boost Social Programs
A new World Bank operation will help Panama strengthen its fiscal position by improving tax collection. This will assist the Government in financing the public investment program but also to enhance social protection programs.
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Crime and Violence: A Staggering Toll on Central American Development

Crime and Violence: A Staggering Toll on Development
Growing crime and violence in Central America not only have an immediate human and social toll, they also pose a tremendous threat to development potential in the region, according to a new World Bank report.
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Central America Jump Starts Regional Integration

Central America Jump Starts Regional Integration
Regional heads of state and the World Bank join forces to relaunch Central America's economic integration.
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Country Partnership Looks to Promote Growth and Opportunities

Country Partnership Looks to Promote Growth and Opportunities
This strategy for 2011-2014 includes financial and technical assistance to promote economic growth and competitiveness, provide greater opportunities for all and increase the transparency and efficiency of the public sector.
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Renewed Support to Panama

Renewed Support to Panama
World Bank regional vice President Pamela Cox met with Panama's President Ricardo Martinelli to offer assistance with his economic and social agenda.
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Last updated: 2012-03-14

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