Presentation of the ICT’s and competitiveness situation

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Microsoft, together with the Ministry of Economy and the World Economic Forum (WEF) emphasized the results of the Global Competitiveness Report 2012-2013, and the General Report of Information Technologies 2011-2012, which give information on the status of the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT’s) as well as the competitiveness in Mexico.

As part of the presentation of these results made by Beñat Bilbao-Osorio, Associated Director and Senior Economist for the Global Competitiveness Center of WEF, and Marisol Argueta de Barillas, WEF Director for Latin America, both emphasized the importance of analyzing the factors affecting the competitiveness of the country.

In the WEF Global Competitiveness Report 2012-2013, Mexico was ranking 53, five places better than last year among a total of 144 countries referred in the index.

The report pointed out that our country consolidated its positive trend of the last year with achievements in seven of 12 indicators, especially in that pertaining to the internal market, the macroeconomics soundness, the infrastructure and the business sophistication. It is emphasized the importance of working on the strengthening of the public institutions, the job market, the economic competition, education and the use of the ITC’s to drive improvements in productivity and innovation.

According to the Global Report of Information Technology 2011-2012, Mexico ranks 76 of 142 countries ascending two positions regarding last year. The report point out that “the Mexican Government has made important effort to increase the internet service and promote the civil involvement through useful and great quality web sites to give information and improve the government functionality”.

However, it notes that the country must continue working on the development of the ICT’s infrastructure (especially with regard to the broadband) for the benefit of people and business.

It also mentions that the development of a strong innovation system remains a pending challenge in the country to create an enabling environment for a greater impact of the ICT’s.

Juan Alberto González Esparza, General Manager of Microsoft México, said “we know that Mexico is a country of great opportunities so we are interested in promoting useful, productive and positive discussions with decision makers about the public policies, strategies and actions that our country need to promote or intensify to continue progressing in the competitiveness, as well as in the adoption and use of the ICT’s.”.

González Esparza emphasized that “Mexico is a transitional economy that is passing from being supported by low costs to base its development on innovation. That is why in Microsoft we are constantly worried and exercised in supporting the priorities of the national agenda, optimizing the use and exploitation of technologies to help accelerating this transition”.

This event is part of the actions taken by Microsoft as part of its Project “Elevemos Mexico” in order to promote a high-level dialogue to analyze and evaluate the proper strategies for further progress in the development and competitiveness of the country through a greater adoption, use and use of the Information and Communication Technologies.

Mr. Antonio Torre, Undersecretary for Competitiveness and Regulation of the Ministry of Economy, emphasized the importance of these indexes that put Mexico in a prominent position in the realm of the Latin America countries, and pointed out that this is the result of the joint work performed by the Federal Government and the productive sector of the country. 

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