Latin America must use digital era to generate opportunities, says Microsoft

Friday, April 8, 2011

Latin America must rely on tools of the digital era to generate more opportunities for its residents, Microsoft's president for the region, Hernán Rincón, reportedly said at the company's public sector leaders forum for Latin America and the Caribbean.

Microsoft kicked off the two-day event with more than 200 government and private sector leaders in attendance. The forum aims for attendees to share their experiences about the role IT plays in the new economy, national competitiveness and education, as well as its relevance in creating new, higher-paying jobs.

This year, the forum also has a specific focus for regional leaders and legislators, including themes of social development and economic growth. It also aims to look at the impact of new public policies and regulations in the region.

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Leaders discussing their experiences at the event include Argentine undersecretary at the technology ministry Eduardo Thill, Paraguayan vice president Federico Franco Gómez and Rio de Janeiro governor Sergio Cabral, media outlet TyN Magazine reported.

Some of the most anticipated speakers at the forum include Trinidadian Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.