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Cablegate: Joint Stock Exchange Planned for Panama, Costa Rica and El

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SUBJECT: JOINT STOCK EXCHANGE PLANNED FOR PANAMA, COSTA RICA AND EL
SALVADOR

1.(U) The stock exchanges in Costa Rica http://www.bnv.co.cr/,
Panama and El Salvador have signed an agreement to develop a
centralized electronic stock exchange in 2007. The yet-to-be-named
dollar-denominated exchange will deal in stocks and corporate debt,
and will operate in addition to the existing exchanges in each
country.

2.(U) Costa Rica, Panama and El Salvador will open the planned
regional stock exchange in the next 12 months. It is patterned after
NOREX, a similar alliance between Denmark, Finland, Estonia,
Iceland, Norway, Latvia and Sweden. Although individual stock
exchanges will continue to operate, to external observers the new
joint exchange will look like a single market with a single set of
standardized rules. If the joint exchange is successful other
countries in the region may be invited to join.

3.(U) The joint venture is a bid to boost liquidity in Central
American financial markets. In 2005 the value of stock traded in
Costa Rica was $203 million, versus $301 million in Panama and $173
million in El Salvador.
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