The development of technologies in different fields shaped a new world in a productive context in which the region plays a fundamental role, said Monday 9 July the secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Mario Cimoli.
The expert pointed out that the advancement of information and communication technologies (ICT), as well as industry 4.0 and the development of artificial intelligence reconfigure the current models of doing business.
Cimoli’s presentation was made in the framework of the presentation of the White Paper on the Information and Knowledge Society (LBSIC), by the Ministry of Telecommunications of Ecuador.
The ECLAC member stressed, on the one hand, that public policy in the digital age requires a strong link between the public and private sectors, and, on the other hand, that integration is needed with the different countries of the region and Do not move in isolation.
The Minister of Telecommunications, Guillermo León, pointed out that the White Paper on the Information and Knowledge Society includes the strategies and lines of action for the development of public policy, focused on axes such as infrastructure and connectivity, electronic government, inclusion and digital skills, information security and personal data protection, digital economy and emerging technologies.
“The LBSIC will serve as a guide in the construction of a Digital Ecuador,” said Minister León. The document takes stock of the current situation of telecommunications in the country. He points out that by 2017, 14% of households with lower incomes had a computer and 11% had Internet access.
On the other hand, in the households with the highest income, 65% had a computer and 62% had an Internet service. With respect to mobile telephony, the text indicates that there is a low penetration of terminal devices, due to the tariffs in force in the country, which mean 15% for mobile phones and 10% for computers or tablets, so it raises the burden tariff. (I)