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Number of Bureaucrats In Panama Increases by ~10,000 in One Year

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The Increase in Bureaucracy in Panama

Suffering from an attack of Burocratitis, perhaps passed on by its neighbor Costa Rica, Panama has added almost 10,000 people to the list of civil servants on the government payroll in the last year, which is an increase of 8% in state spending on wages.

Monday, June 20, 2016

The nominal increase in spending on wages of state employees was $17.8 million between April 2015 and April 2016, according to data from the Comptroller General of the Republic.  In terms of the number of officials, the growth rate in April 2016 compared to the same month in 2015 was 9,925 people or 4.8%.

"..In terms of the number of people, in a year the State's payroll bulged at 9,925 public employees, almost the same number of people working in the Panama Canal Authority (ACP), including all of its field and administrative personnel. Despite belonging 100% to the state, Canal employees are not included in the government payroll because this is an autonomous entity. "

"... Requests from the private sector have always been for the state to be more efficient and not register remarkable growth, especially in each period of government. For example, in June 2009, when the Ricardo Martinelli administration came to power, there were 170,040 officials. Five years later there are 208,682 public employees, ie 38,642 more officials were reported. "

Source: Prensa.com


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