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 Saturday, May 21, 2011

The National 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.

Ruben 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".

The National 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 2014".

The 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".

The National 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)

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