World Bank, economy ministry to provide support for local ICT clusters

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The World Bank and Mexico's economy ministry will start providing economic support to five clusters in the country through a fund totaling some 25mn pesos (US$1.79mn), local paper El Economista reported.

Initially, clusters from the states of Chihuahua, Nuevo León, Zacatecas, Aguascalientes and Querétaro will benefit from the support, Jorge Buitrón, head of Querétaro cluster InteQsoft, was quoted as saying.

Next year, an additional 25 clusters from the national council of software clusters (CNCS) will join.

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One of the projects includes consultancy services for the nearly 100 InteQsoft members - institutions such as companies, universities and research centers - to identify their capabilities, strengths and weaknesses.

Another project entails a workshop to boost use of information and communications technologies. It will include local entrepreneurs.

The CNCS was established in September this year to help develop a national strategy for clusters in the software and IT industries.