Roundup: IT secretary, Experian-Computec, Softsul, Aktio

- Friday, November 11, 2011

Roundup: IT secretary, Experian-Computec, Softsul, Aktio

Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa has appointed René Ramírez as secretary of higher education, science and technology, replacing Manuel Baldeón, state-run media outlet El Ciudadano reported.

The appointment is part of several changes Correa has made in his cabinet.

Ramírez holds a master's degree in development economics from the Institute of Social Studies, in the Netherlands; a master's degree in government and public affairs from the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) in Mexico; and a graduate degree in quantitative methodology from the University of Michigan. The official has held several positions in the public sector.

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Dublin-based credit checking company Experian has completed acquiring 98% of Colombian credit services information provider Computec for US$380mn, the former said in a statement.

The acquisition, announced May 2011, further strengthens Experian's Latin American presence.

Computec is the leading credit bureau in the Colombian market, with operations in Venezuela and Peru.

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Brazilian software development association Softsul will conduct training courses on software and IT services export in Porto Alegre, Softsul said in a statement.

Between November 2011 and February 2012, Softsul will conduct the courses as part of a training cycle in business management for the software and IT services industry.

The courses are aimed at entrepreneurs, stakeholders, consultants, researchers, teachers and professionals linked to the software industry.

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Latin American IT products distributor Aktio is holding a road show in Chilean capital Santiago, on November 16, the company said in a statement.

During the event, the company will hold a meeting for CIOs from several companies - including Enap, Cementos Melón and social security institution Caja de Compensación La Araucana - to analyze the supplier-client relationship.

In addition, a partner summit will be held to present Aktio's objectives and strategies for 2012.