Panama Water Report 2015
BMI View: The Panamanian government is dedicated to improving the quality of its hydrological resourcesand its water supply and sanitation services, as well as promoting wider access to services. The countrycontinues to prioritise and incentivise private investment at national and international levels. We believethese conditions present attractive potential opportunities for investment, although these are often hinderedby a messy bureaucracy and rampant corruption.
Risks to the sector remain in the form of the widespread conflict with indigenous groups who resent thecreation of large modern water infrastructure developments, which can appropriate what they perceive as'their' water resources. Events such as the March 2014 protest by Silvia Carrera - leader of Panama'sindigenous Ngöbe-Buglé - who appealed to the Supreme Court of Justice concerning land expropriated forthe Barro Blanco dam, can pose serious risks to future modernisation and expansion plans.
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