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Pandemic frustrations will drive Panama discontent

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Significance

The COVID-19 crisis has prompted a sharp decline in revenues. The fiscal crunch and related austerity measures are driving mounting popular dissatisfaction with the government, expressed through protests in Panama City in mid-March.

Impacts

  • Rising unemployment will push more families back below the poverty line, reversing gains made in this area over recent years.
  • Travel and tourism will remain muted over much of 2021 until most major source markets are vaccinated.
  • Business closures are likely to increase when economic support measures are withdrawn, probably later in 2021.
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