LACIGF 10

Panama City Set to Welcome the Tenth Edition of LACIGF on 2-4 August 2017

The LACIGF Program Committee is pleased to announce the organization of the tenth LACIGF event, which will take place in Panama City, Panama,  on 2-4 August at the Sortis Hotel.

LACIGF is the Regional Latin American and Caribbean Preparatory Meeting for the Internet Governance Forum. The event has been held annually since 2008 and provides a space for multisectoral dialogue where government, private sector, technical community, academia and civil society organization representatives present and discuss their points of view on the Internet Governance agenda for the region.

Documents and Visas

To enter Panama you will need a passport valid for at least three months after the date of entry, a return ticket, economic solvency and a visa (if applicable). If a visa or Tourism Card is required, you may request it from any Panamanian Consulate abroad. More information: http://www.atp.gob.pa/requisitos-de-entrada-panama

Passengers departing from Panama on an international commercial flight must pay an airport departure tax of US$ 40.00, which in most cases is included by COPA in its ticket prices.

Electricity and Communications

Panama uses 110-Volt, 60-Hertz AC current (110 VAC, 60 Hz). Outlets are type A or B (i.e. two flat pins or two flat pins plus a round ground pin).

Public telephone, cell phone and satellite telephone services are available. The national government provides free Wi-Fi connectivity in the country’s major locations; broadband connectivity is available in practically the entire territory.

Currency, Exchange Rates and Tipping

The Panamanian currency is officially the balboa, fixed at a rate of 1:1 with the United States dollar. In practice, Panama is dollarized.

Cost of Food and Beverage

Lunch for one at a mid-priced restaurant may cost from US$ 5 to US$ 15, while a beer may range from US$ 2 to US$ 5.

Tips range from 10% to 15%. Tipping is voluntary, NOT mandatory.

Transportation

Tocumen Airport is 30 minutes away from Panama City. A taxi ride to the airport should cost approximately US$ 25.

Public transport:

Metro Bus (rates range from B/0.25 to B/1.25) and Metro (regular rates B/0.35).

Panama City also offers UBER and Cabify services (you can use the code #IPANDETEC).

Time Zone

The time zone is UTC-5 year-round.

Offices and shops generally open Monday to Saturday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. Some also open on Sundays.

Climate

Panama has a tropical climate, with relatively high temperatures and little variation throughout the year. Temperatures are generally lower on the Pacific coast than on the Caribbean coast.

In August, temperatures in Panama City range from 22°C to 32°C.

Places of Interest

Casco Viejo is the historical center designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. There, visitors will find the Presidential Palace, the National Theater, the Santo Domingo Church, Cathedral Square, the Seafood Market, Arco Chato, Bolivar Square, Quinto Centenario Square, and other historical landmarks. It is a vibrant place with a variety of restaurants, hotels and nightlife.

The Panama Canal stretches approximately 80 kilometers between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. It cuts across one of the narrowest parts of the continent and is the interoceanic route connecting North and South America. The Canal uses a lock system to raise and lower ships and thus equalize the levels of the two oceans. Located just 20 minutes away from the city, the Miraflores Visitor Center is the ideal place for multiple activities, including watching how the ships transit through the Panama Canal locks. The center is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Entrance fee is B/15.00.

Also known as the “Island of Flowers”, Taboga is a major tourist destination thanks to its proximity to the city, its beaches and hills. Activities at Taboga include hiking, fishing, scuba diving and whale watching.

A the perfect place to visit, Ancon Hill is home to lush vegetation and diverse fauna. The hill is crowned by a large Panamanian flag that can be seen from different points around the city.

Calzada del Amador (C) is a narrow land-bridge built with rocks excavated during the construction of the Panama Canal. It is a great place for outdoor activities and offers a great variety of restaurants and parks.

Panamá La Vieja is the name of the archaeological site where Panama city was located from its foundation in 1519 until 1671. After being destroyed during an attack by English pirate Henry Morgan in the early 1670s, the city was moved to a new location approximately 10 km to the southwest. Considered the first European settlement on the Pacific coast of the Americas, many ruins of the original city remain and are part of this archaeological site.

Metropolitan Natural Park: This park was the result of a proposal to create a protected area and dates back to the first land-use plans for the Canal Zone established towards 1974, before the return of the Canal zone to the Panamanian state. In 1983, Curundú was declared a Recreation Area and a presidential tour took place a year later. Following this visit, a proposal for a Metropolitan Natural Park (PNM) was submitted and the park was created by Law No. 8 of July 5, 1985.

San Blas Islands: Archipelago comprising 378 islands along Panama’s Caribbean coast. San Blas is a tiny paradise that remains untouched despite the passage of time. It’s the perfect place for activities such as swimming, diving or simply reading a book on the beach.

Bocas del Toro: This beautiful group of islands is located in the northwest of the Caribbean Sea in Panama. This archipelago separates Almirante Bay and Chiriquí Lagoon from the open Caribbean Sea. The archipelago is part of the Bocas del Toro District, which is part of the Bocas del Toro Province. The largest city is Bocas del Toro, also called Bocas Town, on Colón Island.

Event Hotel

Sortis, Hotel, Spa & Casino

Located in Obarrio, a business and commercial district by day, the area is also home to a wide variety of restaurants, hotels, bars, casinos and nightlife spots.

  • Single room: US$ 115*

*Rate subject to 10% hotel tax

http://www.sortishotel.com/

Lorena Montoya / lmontoya@sortishotel.com / reservaciones@sortishotel.com

In addition to the Sortis, Hotel, Spa & Casino, there are many other hotels and hostels nearby, all of them with quick and easy access to the event venue.

Best Western Plus Panama Zen Hotel

  • Single room: US$ 70

http://www.bwpanamazenhotel.com/

NovotelPanama City

  • Single room: US$ 76

http://www.accorhotels.com/es/hotel-9252-novotel-panama-city/index.shtml

Hotel Ramada

Panama Downtown

  • Single $60
  • Double $65

Marquela Guevara / ventaswg24@gmail.com

Tryp by Wyndham Panama Centro

Health and Phytosanitary Information

Tap water is safe to drink without additional treatment.

No vaccines are required to enter the country.

Emergency Numbers

  • Police: 104
  • Fire Department: 103
  • Civil Protection: *335
  • Citizen Helpline: 311
  • Emergency: 911

For more information

The LACIGF committee is pleased to announce the following scholarships from applicants coming from countries in the region, for the 10th Regional Preparatory Meeting for the Internet Governance Forum:

AMPARO ARANGO DO
ANABELLA RIVERA GT
ANN SPANGER CO
CAMILA GARCIA UY
CARLOS GERMAN GUERRERO ARGOTE PE
CARLTON SAMUELS JM
DEIRDRE WILLIAMS LC
DENIS GONZALEZ CL
FEDERICO RODRIGUEZ HORMAECHEA UY
HAZEL DIAZ MELENDEZ CR
JAIFA MEZHER CO
JUAN ALEJO PEIRANO UY
LENANDLAR SINGH GY
LISSETTE PEREZ CU
LUIS MARTINEZ MX
MARIA CECILIA PEREZ ARAUJO AR
MIGUEL IGNACIO ESTRADA AR
ROMINA GARRIDO CL

Nuestra finalidad es promover el uso y la regulación de las Tecnologías de la Información y Comunicación (TICs) y la defensa de los Derechos Humanos en el entorno digital en Panamá; a través del estudio e investigación y la participación en foros internacionales donde se nos invita a debatir sobre temáticas como: Gobernanza de Internet; Datos y Gobierno Abierto; Transparencia y Rendición de Cuentas; Protección de Datos Personales y Privacidad; Conocimiento Libre y Emprendimiento Digital.

The registration fee is free, but you must be registered to participate in the meeting.

Register here: https://eventos.lacnic.net/ev3/LACIGF10/registry