Entities come together to create the first Center for Digital Excellence in Panama

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Digitization has infiltrated Panama and around the world. Currently, interacting with an object or digital system is an every day thing. Thinking about this reality, the National Secretariat of Science, Technology and Innovation (SENACYT), the City of Knowledge Foundation (FCdS) and the Smart Card Alliance Latin America (SCALA) Foundation, join forces to create the first Center for Digital Excellence in Panama.

This Center will be created with the aim to train professionals in the area of smart card technology to increase the human resource in this industry sector, plus information on uses, developments and trends of this technology in Panama will be provided.

For the creation of the Center for Digital Excellence more than 65 thousand dollars will be invested and this will be located at the City of Knowledge Innovation Center. The facility will promote the meeting of market leaders, universities, regional actors and final users of the smart card technology and other devices, to encourage their use and evolution.

The implementation of this project was sealed with the protocol signing ceremony of the cooperation agreement between the SENACYT, FCdS and SCALA, held as part of the Digital Tour Americas 2016 event at the Decapolis Convention Center.

The Center for Digital Excellence will be an advanced technology promotion and dissemination center and a showcase of knowledge, thus fulfilling the mission of the FCdS to be a platform for the generation, dissemination and application of knowledge.

Dr. Jorge A. Motta, National Secretary of the SENACYT, said, "we are committed to innovation in Panama and I am sure that with this Center for Digital Excellence our country will give an important step in seeking to improve its academic level in areas of digital technology".

Prof. Jorge Arosemena, Executive President of the FCdS, stressed, "for the City of Knowledge Foundation signing this agreement with SCALA and SENACYT represents a firm step towards incorporating technology at the service of partners. The Center will provide training and research that will improve systems to ensure the quality of services".

Meanwhile, Edgar Betts, Director of SCALA, stressed, "the creation of the SCALA Center for Digital Excellence in Panama is an accomplishment achieved through the collaboration of the SENACYT and City of Knowledge Foundation. The Center for Digital Excellence will train professionals to learn the latest advances in digital technology, one of the main pillars of the digital transformation of the region.