Government "committed to bridging the digital gap in Panama announced an
ambitious program of literacy and digital inclusion through “Senacyt Infoplazas
220”, that from now they will provide free Internet service around countrywide
for the benefit of all Panamanians. The announcement was made by the president,
Ricardo Martinelli during an event organized in the framework of the
celebration of World Telecommunication and Information Society.
Berrocal, National Secretary of Science, Technology and Innovation said
"we have reformed the management model and created a grant Infoplazas, an
associated incentive plan based on productivity rates, which will allow
Infoplazas Senacyt provide free Internet throughout the country".
Secretariat for Science, Technology and Innovation in compliance with the
National Strategic Plan for Science, Technology and Innovation (PENCYT
2010-2014) has opened 90 Infoplazas in the last two years. Berrocal added,
"We are working to double the number of facilities in Panama for the year
Infoplazas Senacyt are community centers for public access to information and
knowledge through the use of information, training programs, and Internet
access available to facilitate public access to new Information Technology and
Communication (ICT ), particularly those with limited resources and are located
in areas of difficult access, helping to bridge the digital gap and
incorporating the knowledge society.
Eduardo Jaen, general manager of the National Authority
for Government Innovation, said that "the country makes strides to close
the digital gap with the announcement of this ambitious digital literacy
program that includes free Internet access through the Infoplazas Senacyt
National Network and the Internet For All. Starting today, all Panamanians will
have access to a computer with Internet to process electronically with the
government and businesses, raising the country's competitiveness".
Internet Network with more than 120 thousand registered users who use it
regularly to access web pages, email and instant messaging services for free.
Current access 655 sites in 22 cities are located in places of concentration of
people such as schools and municipalities, libraries, community clubs, museums,
health centers and hospitals. It was announced that there will be 1,000
National Internet access points by the end of 2011.
(Source: Presidence - Panama)