About the Creative City:
Capital city of Panama with 1.7 million inhabitants, Panama City is located between the Pacific Ocean and the Darien tropical rain forest, characterised by a wealthy biodiversity and marine ecosystem. This led to the development of a rich gastronomy history based on diverse cultures and natural resources displayed in the city’s 2,477 restaurants and food kiosks. Designated as the next Ibero-American Capital of Culture in 2019, Panama City presents a thriving creative sector, currently employing 58,000 people and contributing 6.4% to the GDP.
As Creative City of Gastronomy, Panama City envisages:
- developing the Collaboratory Programme as an inclusive governance practice of urban transformation through creative intercultural gastronomy, in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development;
- promoting Gastronomic Corridors in the city as urban management tools promoting economic development within the city’s gastronomy sector;
- enhancing cooperation with other cities, particularly those from under-represented regions within the UCCN, through collaborative initiatives;
- promoting, as the next Ibero-American Capital of Culture, the UCCN goals in the Ibero-American region as well as through the Ibercocinas Programme;
- creating technological tools that connect every part of the gastronomy value chain though the Collaboratory of Technologies project; and
- strengthening ‘gastrodiplomacy’ as part of the Panamanian National Strategy of Cultural Diplomacy.
Facts and figures
City 880 691
ø January °C 18 – 33
ø July °C 21 – 34
Creative city since 2017