At the Annual Conference of Executives in Panama, to be held from April 26 to 28, discussions will take place on the technological advances that have been made and how companies can adapt to the "fourth industrial revolution".
"The future has arrived: Panama 4.0" is the name of the 2017 edition of the Annual Conference of Executives in Panama (CADE).
Operators are opposed to the proposal to tax phone bills and purchases of technological equipment, while the government has shown itself unwilling to cooperate by reducing tariffs.
While the government insists that telecommunications companies must lower telephone rates in order to minimize the impact of a future tax of 10% for public security, telecoms companies have defended themselves arguing that "... the process of approval of charges and maximum fees does not depend on the willingness of companies, but the process defined in the regulations established for that purpose. "
The communication and technology sector predicts that for the next two years it will hire more technical staff and university graduates than licensed professionals with master's degrees or doctorates.
The need for staff with technical rather than academic skills continues to grow in the field of technology and communications. A study by the Chamber of Information Technology and Communication concludes that only 2% of companies in the technology sector in the country plan to hire professionals with a PhD, while only 32% said they expected to hire graduates.
Between 2010 and 2014 internet access in households in the metropolitan urban area in the country increased from 18.3% to 27%.
In 2010, it was reported that in rural areas of Guatemala only 1.4% of households had internet access, a figure that hasn't changed to date. Nationally, 12.8% of the population has access to the internet.
The manager of the National Institute of Statistics, Ruben Narciso, told Estrategiaynegocios.net that "...
Panama is the only country in the region which has improved considerably in the use of information technology in the last year.
Investments in the field of information technology have resulted in more and better use of these IT services in Panama, which has improved its overall position in the use of technology, according to the Information Technology 2014 report, prepared by the World Economic Forum World.
In the second quarter of the year the company will begin construction of a building measuring at least 5,000 square feet that will house 250 employees initially, with hopes of doubling this figure in the next 2 years.
The fact that companies from the sector have invested about $250 million to settle in the country, is characterising Panama as a strategic center for data storage in America.
According to Eduardo Jaen, head of the Panamanian Authority for Government Innovation (AIG), the majority of these firms offer their services to banking and telephony companies in Central America and the Caribbean, and "Panama has found a safe haven for their data ".
Investments by Panama are resulting in it being positioned next to Chile in the 2013 Information Technology ranking by the World Economic Forum.
The availability of free internet nationwide in 'infoplazas', the provision of computers with Internet access to schools and the implementation of e-government, has allowed Panama to advance its use of new technologies in Latin America.
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