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21 de June de 2017Major boost in Latin America’s digital integration
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A group of leading international experts made an appeal to invest in the creation of a Latin American digital market that boosts competitiveness, furthers regional integration and reactivates economic growth

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One of the main conclusions of the 5th Latin American Telecommunications Congress, held in Cartagena, Colombia, June 20th through the 23rd, is the need to invest in the consolidation of a single regional market that boosts the integration processes and contributes to Latin America's ability to compete with more advanced economies, with the full enjoyment of warranties.

For this process to be successful in achieving comprehensive growth integrating citizens and small- and medium-sized companies, it must address major challenges facing the region by performing actions such as increasing productivity and competitiveness, reducing disparities and improving the digital infrastructure.

As pointed out by Mauricio Agudelo, ICT expert at the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF), efforts to create a regional digital market have been subject to each country's needs; therefore, there have not been enough incentives to achieve an effective regional integration.

"We will have to analyze ways to promote e-commerce and trading of goods among countries of the region. To this end, it will be important to look at how the countries of Asia and the Pacific are developing their Internet economy, or assess the approach by the European Union regarding data, signature geolocation and digital economy matters," said Agudelo in a high-level panel organized by CAF.

There are several initiatives driving regional digital integration, notably the Pacific Alliance, although the general consensus is that, while some progress has been made, the full potential expected from efficient integration processes has not been reached.  

"The mission of the Pacific Alliance countries is to act on a concrete plan that our countries are developing to boost the digital economy." The question is how to procure development by achieving integration without increasing the gaps between countries. And this must be done through a collaborative effort across all sectors", stated Luz María García, adviser to the Chilean Undersecretary of Economy.  

Wilson Peres, economic adviser to ECLAC, made an appeal to emphasize the key role of companies in the process of digital inclusion, because the regulation and prominence of companies can help obtain the compelling rates expected. "We are on the right track, but this is the time to quicken our step," she said.

Santiago Pinzón, Vice President of ANDI's Digital Transition, stated that "the main challenge is to materialize regional alliances in the entrepreneurs' daily life. Nothing changes if we fail to achieve a cost-to-benefit logic, and we will not be able to compete with the rest of the world We need clear rules to be able to compete."

Walker San Miguel Rodríguez, Secretary General of CAN, said that "for people, the challenges are summarized in two words: more connectivity and networking. And on the institutional side, the supranational bodies should support a greater integration and convergence."

Finally, Oscar León, Executive Secretary of CITEL (OAS), said that it is important to translate the initiatives raised at the event in a base document of priorities, specifying all efforts of digital integration across Latin America.

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