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Mexico ICT industry asks AMLO for more clarity

By BNamericas Wednesday, August 22, 2018

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Mexico's president-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) needs to clarify many of his plans for the ICT sector, even as he has announced several projects to increase coverage and austerity plans for technology purchases, an industry representative said.

Javier Allard, director of Mexico's ICT industry chamber Amiti, said that the incoming government needs to clarify initiatives such as an announced public-sector freeze on computer systems purchases. "What does it mean exactly? They are not going to buy, but are they going to rent? No to buying systems but yes to cloud services?"

"We need more information from the upcoming government...we have not seen what the ICT policies at the communications and transportation ministry are going to be," Allard said at a press conference on Tuesday.

AMLO has made announcements such as a new ICT undersecretary – the first of its kind in the country – which have been well received by the industry. But others such as a digital strategy coordinator reporting directly to the president could cause confusion.

"We are not clear. If there is going to be a presidential digital strategy, and there is going to be an ICT undersecretary, which didn't exist before... who is going to be in charge of what?" Allard said.

Members of the upcoming government, which will take office in December, have been open to meeting with the industry. Amiti will meet in September with future ICT undersecretary Salma Jalife, a respected industry expert, Allard said.

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