Experts from Germany, the United States, Mexico and Ecuador met in Quito to discuss the challenges of the public and private sectors to insert themselves in industrialization 4.0 and gain local and international competitiveness.
The boost to productivity and competitiveness through the development of new technologies is one of the issues addressed at the international conference “Industry 4.0” held this Friday, August 3, at the Dann Carlton hotel in Quito.
The objectives of the event were to discuss the opportunities that national companies have to improve their competitiveness through the intelligent use of technologies and, on the other hand, to draw a short and medium term roadmap to attract national and foreign investments in this sense.
Experts from Germany, the United States, Mexico and Ecuador made exhibitions focused on digital transformation for the optimization of industrial processes, with the use of intelligent platforms that allow producing and marketing both products and services.
At the inauguration, the head of the Ministry of Industries and Productivity (Mipro), Eva García, pointed out that one of the axes of the Government’s public policy is the promotion of the productive sector so that the industry adopts the new information and communication technologies, known as TIC in their logistic and commercial processes.
“This will allow companies to create smart grids to reduce maintenance costs, improve the planning of their production according to demand. In addition, greater speed of innovation and development of products and services with added value “, said Garcia.
The Secretary of State emphasized that in order to achieve this objective, the efforts of the public and private sectors are required, “which should support it with the formulation of public policies and the digitalization of their processes so that they are more effective and less bureaucratic”.
The figures presented by the official show the achievements and challenges regarding the penetration of ICT in the country. He added that more than 36% of households have access to the Internet and 90% to cell phones, of which 56% have smartphones. 33% of the population has access to certain intelligent instruments, while 37% have Internet access in their homes.
In the first three quintiles of the population, these percentages are lower. According to the owner of Mipro, high tariffs on cell phones and computers are real obstacles in the penetration of new technologies in the country, as well as the cost of internet access and coverage.
Javier Díaz, president of the Association of Textile Industries of Ecuador (AITE), said that the industry sees in Industry 4.0 an opportunity to be more efficient. He acknowledged that the move to digitalization is not simple, but it is necessary. “There will be a transformation of employment and the challenge for business and the State is to train people to insert it into this process,” said the businessman. (I)