Nonprofit organization that manages the City of Knowledge
Just a few minutes from downtown Panama City, City of Knowledge is strategically located across from the Panama Canal. Some 120 hectares and more than 200 buildings of what was once the Clayton military base are now home to a booming international community established for the purpose of business, academic, scientific, and humanistic collaboration. The objective is human and sustainable development based on knowledge.
City of Knowledge is a management platform that focuses on boosting the innovative and competitive capacities of the users who share the Campus. Integration, dynamic networking, and joint efforts facilitate the transference of knowledge.
This allows for an unusual concentration of innovative firms, international organizations focused on development, as well as academic and research institutions, resulting in a lively and successfully collaborative community. In order to strengthen these dynamics, City of Knowledge provides access to a series of benefits and services aimed at the needs of its users.
The process of transferring the Canal and the surrounding military and civilian areas from the United States to Panama ended in the year 2000. This led to an awareness of the need to convert some of these spaces, previously dedicated to military use, into areas aimed at human development with a particular emphasis on contributing to the improved quality of life for Panamanians. This became the focus of the City of Knowledge Foundation (FCDS) from its creation in 1995. Four years later, the FCDS symbolically received the key as the first user of Clayton from the President of the Republic.
The City of Knowledge's mission is being an international platform for knowledge management to promote sustainable development and the competitive advantages of Panama.
This experience constitutes a regional reference point for knowledge management through innovation. This complex and multifaceted experience is focused on the achievements and successes of its users.
The City of Knowledge Foundation is a private, non-profit organization and the project it directs is an independent endeavor and its independence guarantees its continuity. As a result, long-term goals can be established and a practical and realistic relationship with the political and economic environment can be maintained.
Historically Panama has been a gathering point. The country offers a high level of financial, commercial and juridical security within the region, which allows for foreign investment and an internationally recognized positive business climate. The City of Knowledge's role is framed within this context of innovation and sustainable development.
Panama's geographic position has turned it into a strategic node for communications and transportation for the world's economy. In addition to the Canal, this node includes modern ports on both oceans complemented by logistics services as well as an air hub which connects the country to the rest of the planet.
The City of Knowledge is a unique experience that offers an environment in which to live, as well as all of the services that are typical of any community. The recreational, cultural, and corporate spaces are used daily by more than 5,000 people.
This community is made up of users who actively implement their initiatives. The success of their efforts consolidates and enhances the City of Knowledge. Additionally, visitors to the Campus, who attend events, conferences, and cultural gatherings, further enrich the exchange that takes place.
All of this fosters the work and collaboration of the FCDS' users, while creating a friendly environment within which creativity and productivity are cultivated.