With the investment of $60 million in new data centers in the capital the country's position as a strategic point for the storage of data in the region has been strengthened.
With $35 million as an initial investment and an area of 6,000 square meters, KIO Networks has opened its data center in Panama Pacific, constituting the company's first technology campus in Central America. With the technological complex, the Mexican company is looking to Panamanian and regional companies to access technologies and processes and applications services, business continuity, security and document storage.
Although progress has been made in the last years, technology adoption must be much faster, specially in government paperwork.
The implementation of Digital Signatures is one of the top must-does. Although the legal framework has been ready for more than a year now, regulation and norms have only been approved a couple of days ago, and there is still no entity responsible of administering and supervising the system.
The government has proposed the goal of having "all Panamanians connected by 2012," Minister Gaspar Tarte reported.
Steps taken this month towards that goal include the approval of the law of universal access, the granting of Ministerial rank to the Secretariat of the Presidency for Governmental Innovation, and the expansion of the Infoplazas and the Connect to Knowledge networks.
The new legal framework in Panam obliges telecommunications companies to provide one percent of their gross billings to the development of the national network.
This week the National Assembly gave third reading to a bill aimed ad providing universal access to information technology.
Funds from the one percent checkoff would be used to develop the infrastructure needed to enable people in rural regions to gain access to communications networks.
Officials estimate the checkoff would provide about eight million dollars a year toward infrastructure projects.