Presentation of the GEM 2017 Panama results

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The Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Authority (AMPYME), the City of Knowledge Innovation Center and the Institute of Higher Studies (IESA), held the presentation of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) 2017 Panama results, on Thursday, June 28 at the City of Knowledge Convention Center.

During the event, indicators and sub indicators that measure entrepreneurship in all its facets in Panama were presented and compared to more than 70 countries in the world.

For Irene Perurena, Executive Vice President of the City of Knowledge Foundation, the activity is very important because "we, as an innovative community understand that decisions must be made based on data, and the GEM is a report that allows us to do this."

"The partnership between AMPYME and City of Knowledge serves to have the necessary data to be used as a country policy," said Maria Celia Dopeso, General Director of AMPYME. There is a national entrepreneurship policy whose mission is to support and encourage all entrepreneurs in Panama.

During the presentation of the study it was clear that ideas have to have legs and these legs are put by committed entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurship generates a much more just and democratic society, and this is what the City of Knowledge Innovation Center works for, which has trained more than 5 thousand people in innovative businesses.

The GEM is a study that surveys adults between 18 and 64 years old in urban and rural areas of Panama and measures entrepreneurial activity at an early stage. In Panama, for example, it is clear that people become entrepreneurs by opportunity rather than by necessity.

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