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Wado de Pedro and governors agreed with Microsoft to advance an agreement to expand connectivity in three provinces of the Norte Grande

Bnamericas Published: Thursday, September 29, 2022

Press release from the Ministry of the Interior

This is an automated translation of the original press release issued in Spanish

The Minister of the Interior, Wado de Pedro, together with the Governors of Chaco, Jorge Capitanich and of Formosa, Gildo Insfrán, as well as representatives of the Misiones delegation, agreed today in Washington with the Microsoft company to advance agreements to coordinate technological investments that allow expanding connectivity for the rural populations of these provinces, as well as promoting precision agriculture.

The agreement was finalized in the visit of the minister and the governors to the company's headquarters, an activity framed in the tour carried out by the Argentine delegation in the United States. There, Microsoft executives presented a digital equity initiative that facilitates access to broadband for communities far from large urban centers.

In this framework, the head of the Interior stated that "we have made progress in an agreement proposal to coordinate technological advances, with a complementarity between public investment and private investment" and stressed that this agreement would serve "to reach greater connectivity for populations rural areas and for precision agriculture with the possibility of financing via green bonds".

During the presentation carried out by Vickie Robinson, general manager of Airband and by Germán Otalora, director of Airband for Latin America and the Caribbean, the importance of rural connectivity for precision agriculture was discussed and the objective for Microsoft to do agreements with the different provincial governments to provide the fiber optic structure necessary to improve connectivity that could facilitate education and precision agriculture in rural areas.

For his part, Governor Capitanich highlighted after the meeting, which included a tour of the headquarters, that "the objective is to work on three key issues: rural connectivity, energy in these areas and the provision of water suitable for human consumption and of animals".

In this sense, the governor explained that this "means motorizing the provincial programs that are already being implemented." And he added: “we have worked on the idea of seeing how the placement of tokens with registration in the Blockchain can be monetized for the amortization of environmental ecosystem services that will have an environmental and social audit with an impact on the development of our communities,” Capitanich said. and highlighted the importance of ensuring that the platform promoted by Microsoft "is used" by the provinces.

The Microsoft Airband initiative seeks to make broadband access a reality for remote communities around the world and help them digitally transform in healthcare, agriculture, education and small business enablement.

Then, the Minister of the Interior, the governors of the Norte Grande and the Secretary General of the CFI, Ignacio Lamothe, accompanied by the Argentine Ambassador to the United States, Jorge Argüello, will tour the Space X offices where they will meet with authorities and experts and They will also deal with issues of connectivity in remote areas and the aerospace industry, with a focus on the potential of SMEs in the provinces to join the value chains of the aerospace sector.

At the end of the meetings, the official delegation headed by Wado de Pedro undertook a trip to New York where tomorrow they will continue developing a full agenda with a visit to the AS/COA Americas Society – Council of the Americas where they will be received by its president and CEO, Susan Segal. After that, the interior minister will meet with Dina Seiguel at the America Jewish Committee.

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