Juan Carlos Varela

Nota: Este archivo abarca los artículos publicados por el autor desde el 1 de abril de 2009. Para fechas anteriores realice una búsqueda entrecomillando su nombre.

Seven months after the leak of 11.5 million documents from a law firm in an incident that has come to be known as the “Panama Papers”, the world is right to ask what has been done since to fight global tax evasion and promote financial transparency.

As president of Panama, and in particular through my interactions with the international community, it is clear that the affair shined a light into the dark corners of global finance and sparked a worldwide reform agenda. Despite the unfortunate name, The Panama Papers has been good for Panama as well as for the world.

Panama was well on the path of reform long before the scandal broke.…  Seguir leyendo »

Despite their name, the Panama Papers are not mainly about Panama. They are not even primarily concerned with Panamanian companies. The more than 11 million documents, illegally hacked and released last week relating to previously undisclosed “offshore” corporations, is roiling the world with revelations of the vulnerability for rampant abuse of legal financial structures by the wealthy.

They are unfairly called the Panama Papers because this particular trove of documents came from a single law firm based in Panama. But the problem of tax evasion is a global one.

Panama does not deserve to be singled out on an issue that plagues many countries.…  Seguir leyendo »

A pesar de su nombre, los Papeles de Panamá no se tratan solo de Panamá. Ni siquiera se refieren principalmente a las empresas panameñas. Son más de 11 millones de documentos —que fueron hackeados de forma ilegal y divulgados la semana pasada— relacionados con empresas registradas en el extranjero (también conocidas como sociedades offshore) que le han dado la vuelta al mundo al revelar la vulnerabilidad y el abuso rampante de las estructuras financieras legales usadas por los ricos.

Han sido injustamente llamados los Papeles de Panamá porque este conjunto de documentos procede de una firma de abogados con sede en Panamá, pero la evasión de impuestos es un problema mundial.…  Seguir leyendo »