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Chilean communications and IT association Acti has lost hope for an IT ministry in the country during the current administration, Acti president Raúl Ciudad was quoted as saying by local paper Diario Financiero.
In light of many unexpected events the government has had to face - namely the earthquake and tsunami, the miners' rescue and now the student protests - it is highly unlikely that President Sebastián Piñera's administration will find the necessary time to meet industry demands.
Ciudad now expects to be able at least to submit a bill proposing the creation of an IT ministry to congress before the end of Piñera's term.
The Chilean IT industry's longstanding call has been for the government to create a ministry in charge of research, innovation and technology activities in the country, similar to initiatives seen in Colombia, Argentina and Peru.