InnovAccion, Regional Training in Panama Begins

Panama City, Panama – August 19, 2015. The Convention Center of the City of Knowledge in Panama's capital hosted the opening ceremony of the Regional Workshop “InnovAction: Innovation Management”, a training of trainers that will end on Friday, August 21.

The Opening Ceremony was inaugurated by the Vice-Minister of Multilateral Affairs and Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Panama, Maria Luisa Navarro. Navarro gave the opening remarks for the workshop inauguration on behalf of the Government of Panama. Navarro was accompanied by the Israeli Ambassador to Panama, Gil Artzyeli; the CEO of the City of Knowledge Foundation, Jorge Arosemena; Lic. Ayneth Cuellar, Project Manager for the Office of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Panama; and Edgar Maestre, Program Director for Latin America of the Young Americas Business Trust (YABT).

The workshop aims to transfer tools and resources to promote the creation and expansion of competitive and global startups, through the management of innovation processes and environments. The workshop is led by Solomon (Lalo) Vilensky and Ieosha Levi, specialists of the International Training Center Golda Meir Mount Carmel (MCTC) in Haifa-Israel.

Professor Jorge Arosemena gave welcoming remarks on behalf of the City of Knowledge Foundation, expressing the commitment of the founders of the institution with the international community to enable an environment conducive to innovation; he also mentioned the coordinating efforts among different actors to boost cooperation for international development within the City of Knowledge.

Vice-Minister Maria Luisa Navarro highlighted the participation of youth in the VII Summit of the Americas, adding "This historic summit organized by Panama highlighted the participation and contribution of youth in the Western Hemisphere, where entrepreneurship and innovation were one of the main topics discussed ".

A total of 30 people from different professions and sectors make up the audience of the workshop, selected in a rigorous process that enabled the participation of professionals from Panama, Argentina, Colombia, Spain, Nicaragua, Mexico and Paraguay.

"...never stop being idealistic and keep fighting for your convictions. The world is filled with wonderful examples of the benefits resulting from acts based on good faith and genuine intention" said Vice-Minister Navarro. 

"The workshop complements other actions to promote innovation among young entrepreneurs in the region," said Edgar Maestre, Program Director for Latin America of YABT. In this sense, Maestre announced the launch of a series of Global Dialogues titled "Young Entrepreneurs as drivers of sustainable growth" to be held at the Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund (IMF) on October 8, 2015, in Lima, Peru: http://www.yabt.net/youthbiz/.

For his part, the Israeli Ambassador to Panama, Gil Artzyeli, said that Israel is strongly committed to entrepreneurship and innovation, sharing success stories of Israeli companies recognized worldwide for innovations they developed. The Israeli diplomat confirmed the ongoing commitment to support Panama in various fields of cooperation and to continue close cooperation with YABT.

YABT will announce in September 2015 the next edition of the Talent and Innovation Competition of the Americas (TIC Americas, www.ticamericas.net), an international platform that promotes entrepreneurship and accelerates business startups and young entrepreneurs of the Americas.

"The OAS, as the main multilateral forum in the region for political dialogue and collective action, strongly supports actions to promote entrepreneurship and youth leadership in the Western Hemisphere," said Ayneth Cuellar, Project Manager for the OAS Office in Panama.

For more information, contact YABT through Edgar Maestre at the following email address: edgar.maestre@yabt.net.