The Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture of Panama (CCIAP) and the City of Knowledge Foundation (FCDS), in partnership with a group of 15 researchers from different institutions in Panama, held in the past days the forum “Panama 2050 – Global convergence of information technologies“, attended by members of the CCIAP, special guests, students and the general public.
The FCDS became last year the Panama Node of The Millennium Project (TMP). This organization identified in a study 15 global challenges, which serve to provide a theoretical framework for assessing the global and local perspectives of our civilization.
The FCDS, in partnership with the TMP Mexico Node, is working on the development of the chapter of a book that will publish on challenge number 6: Global convergence of information technologies. To this end, it has coordinated together with 15 national authors from different organizations the preparation of this chapter, which has a foresight approach.
The objective of the forum was to disseminate the visions of the authors from different points, about the global convergence of information technologies of Panama with a time horizon to the year 2050.
The authors explained five relevant aspects of the global convergence of information technologies: economy, public policies and planning, education, health, and infrastructure, which will affect the future of Panama by the year 2050.
The digital economy commission of the Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture of Panama (CCIAP) considered it important to develop this forum for membership because of the relevance it has for our society and that is in accordance with the mandate of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), arguing that “the overall development of the digital economy and the steady growth of its underlying information and communication technologies (ICTs) and business models should be fostered, leading private sector policies, regulation and promotion of best practices.”
An effect that affects the evolution and maturation of the ecosystem of the digital economy of any nation, is the global convergence of information technologies.
The global convergence of information technologies is the tendency towards the interconnection of different technological systems in the evolution towards the accomplishment of similar tasks, that share resources and interact with each other synergistically, creating new possibilities.
The global convergence of communication technologies will force industries to create new business models, which will benefit them by being more competitive and which in turn will favor Panama by generating impacts in its economy (with higher employment) and society (education, health, access to information, public services, social inclusion, transparency and citizen participation); which according to its development and implementation will determine the level of maturity in each country.
The FCDS and the CCIAP wish the findings that resulted from this discussion to be of use and interest to the entire membership of the CCIAP and invited people, in favor of a better Panama by the year 2050, in a global economy that is increasingly connected and digitalized.