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In the year 2006, the City of Knowledge through their partnership with the European Union arranged the visit to Panama of an official government delegation from Extremadura, Spain, led by Mr. Luis Millan Vazquez de Miguel, President of the Foundation for the Development of Science and Technology in Extremadura (FUNDECYT). During this visit, the delegation explained the Knowledge Society model implemented in Extremadura, emphasizing the benefits of the policies based on Free Software that accompanied this model.
Diverse representatives of the panamanian government were interested in the model of Extremadura and how to harness these benefits for the panamanian population. Institutions like the National Bureau for Science, Technology and Innovation (SENACYT), the National Innovation Authority (AIG) and the National Institute for Professional Training and Human Development (INADEH), joint the discussions about what would be a good first step to promote the Free Software in Panama. The result of these discussions concluded that the establisment of a research center dedicated to promote Information and Communication Techonologies (ICT) in general and Free Software and Grid technologies in particular was needed. Grid technologies was introduced as a primary work area due to the advancement and support that could be provided by FUNDECYT to Panama in this particular area. The Technological University of Panama (UTP) was invited to be the president of the International Center for Technological Development an Free Software, Public Interest Association, CIDETYS-AIP.
CIDETYS-AIP opened its doors in the City of Knowledge on May, 2009.
To promote the scientific, educational, economic and techonological development related to the ICT and open architectures in order to strengthen the institutional capabilities of public and private entities with the aim of consolidating a system of wealth and employment that benefits the development of Panama and the region.
To become a center for excellence in ICT and open architectures in Panama and the region and generate sinergies between universities, technological centers, public and private entities, through training, technical assistance, scientific investigation and sustainable development.