How can Latin American countries more quickly improve their Internet capabilities?

Latin America Advisor


Q: Many Latin American countries have lost ground in their Internet capabilities during the last year, according to the World Economic Forum’s recently-published ‘Global Information Technology Report 2014,’ which measures how well a country is prepared to use information and communications technology to create economic growth and improve well-being. No Latin American country cracked the top 10 and the regional leader, Chile, improved its score but still dropped one spot to 34th this year. What is behind the region’s poor showing relative to other regions? What specific policies or initiatives could governments or businesses implement to reverse the decline?


A: Andrés Maz, executive director of advanced technology policy at Cisco Systems: « There are successes at the country level, such as Chile, as well as steady improvements in Panama, Costa Rica and Colombia. However, many other countries around the world are improving faster in their networked readiness, and…

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