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Colombia's Quindío department and the IT and communications ministry (Mintic) have signed an agreement to implement the digital inclusion program Quindío Vive Digital, the ministry said in a statement.
The program, included in the country's Vive Digital plan, seeks to benefit about 535,000 people with access and knowledge about the opportunities ICT offers.
The total value of the agreement was 1.59bn pesos (US$903,381), of which Vive Digital Regional provided 933mn pesos and the Quindío department contributed with 657mn pesos.
Quindío Vive Digital aims to develop and commission a web portal for the IT industry; a web portal for SMEs in the tourism industry; and a geographic information system. Additionally, the project includes ICT training for 35 people who are part of the industry and for 240 SMEs in the department.
The Vive Digital program seeks to increase internet usage from 2.2mn to 8.8mn connections. To date, there are 3.6mn connections in Colombia.