YABT, AIG, AMPYME, OAS and CITI Foundation Launchs "Creating a Professional Track of Digital Safety Workshop"

Panama City, Panama – March 14, 2017. With the purpose of improving information, skills and knowledge of small and medium entrepreneurs and allowing the professional development of low-income and at-risk youth, the National Authority for Governmental Innovation (AIG), the Authority of Micro and Medium Sized Enterprises and the Organization of American States (OAS), in partnership with Citi Foundation and collaboration with the Young Americas Trust (YABT), held the workshop “Creating a Professional Track of Digital Security.”

“Creating a Professional Track of Digital Security” is part of Citi Foundation’s Pathways to Progress global initiative to teach young people through diverse career preparation techniques and the opportunities they need to thrive in today’s economy; With a goal of implementing a more comprehensive approach.

The program will educate entrepreneurs or potential entrepreneurs about the benefits of practicing safely and conducting business online through various community workshops.

This project is aimed at low income youth between the ages of 17 and 25 to provide the necessary knowledge to access entry level jobs in Information Technology and Communication.

The program will be implemented during 2017 in four OAS member states: Colombia, Panama, Peru and Trinidad and Tobago.

The General Manager of AIG, Inc. Irvin A. Halman, stated that this type of program contributes to the development of the new Digital Economy in our country, making available to us a knowledge base on tools and solutions that are available to small and medium entrepreneurs.

“We are grateful for Young Americas Business Trust and Citi Foundation’s contribution because through their support, we are strenghtening the capabilities of Human Resources to face the challenges of this new digital economy, which by its disruptive capacity is also known as the Fourth Industrial Revolution,” Halman said.

“We are proud to be working hand in hand with the OAS, in partnership with the Young Americas Business Trust and the National Authority for Government Innovation of Panama for the execution of the program “Creating a Professional Track of Digital Security.” The program in Panama is aimed at empowering youth in low-income communities and fostering preparation for a digital security trajectory,” said Marcelo Gorrini, Executive Director Citi Panama.   

The workshop addressed issues such as: Entrepreneurship and cybersecurity, main threats and opportunities for cyber security in Latin America, advanced cyber attacks prevention, innovation, securtiy and BigData, Safe and non-dying Startups, information security incidents coordination, trust in the cloud, among others. In addition, to present success stories of Panamanian entrepreneurs, as was Alejandro Carbonell, CEO and Co-Founder of Tutorez.

“We need these innovation-driven entrepreneurs to develop technology solutions and value chains to take advantage of the opportunities afforded by the digital economy,” said Young Americas Business Trust (YABT) Program Director for Latin America, Edgar Maestre.