The 7th edition of the CLT kicked off today. Ministers, regulators, international bodies and companies are holding the discussion about the digital transformation of the region
This event, being held for the first time in Argentina, gathers over 60 leaders in the city of Córdoba, including ICT Ministers, regulators, executives, scholars, and representatives of international bodies. Activities will go on until Friday and they are being streamed at clt.lat
Córdoba, July 2, 2019. The 7th edition of the Latin American Telecommunications Congress, the annual regional forum on ICT public policy, kicked off today in the presence of representatives from all across Latin America. Keeping the motto “Accelerating Digital Transformation in Latin America” in mind, there will be over 20 activities in the event in relation to the deployment of infrastructure, innovation, regulation, competition, transparency, coverage, universal service funds, digitalization, industry 4.0 and security, among other strategic topics.
The opening of the Plenary Session was held this morning, with the participation of Andrés Ibarra, Vice-Chief of the Cabinet of Ministers of Argentina and Secretary of Government of Modernization; Silvina Rivero, Secretary General of the Interior of Córdoba; Javier Piñeiro, Regional Director of GSMA Latin America; Chaesub Lee, Director of ITU Telecommunication Standardization Bureau; Santiago Rojas, representative in Argentina of CAF – Development bank of Latin America; Sebastián Bellagamba, Regional Bureau Director for Latin America and The Caribbean at ISOC; and Judith Mariscal, Executive Director of Centro Latam Digital.
“Connectivity is a bridge between what we are and what we want to be. We can only think about equality of opportunities if we close the digital divide as much as we can, especially by ensuring accessible and good-quality connectivity in every corner of the country. Having this goal in mind, we are initiating processes for the allocation of frequencies for mobile Internet in the whole country, which will benefit over 40 million Argentinians,” stated Andrés Ibarra (Modernization Secretariat).
Silvina Rivero, in charge of saying the welcoming words on behalf of the Government of Córdoba, indicated that “Technology creates countless opportunities for citizens and, as the State, we must make it possible for everyone to be able to seize them.”
With regard to the motto of the event, Javier Piñeiro (GSMA Latin America) said: “Accelerating the digital transformation is not, and must not be, a mere academic, technological or regulatory discussion: the future of Latin America is at stake here.”
Moreover, Chaesub Lee stressed the role of the ITU in the digital transformation. “With the advance of 5G, the Internet of Things (IoT) or artificial intelligence, our international standards and harmonization become even more important. By working together, we can bring about many improvements in the quality of people’s lives at the global level.”
On behalf of CAF, Santiago Rojas pointed out: “Bridging the digital divide is essential to foster the economic and social development of Latin America. It’s time to create regional interconnection networks to improve the quality of services.”
“We need infrastructure and interconnection, services and content, and an enabling environment, which has to do with the regulation on which we are working. The value of the CLT is that multiple players can work on this coordination and cooperation to make this system work,” highlighted Bellagamba, from ISOC, on the multidimensional and multi-sectoral quality of the event.
In closing, Judith Mariscal, a representative of the academic community, added: “From our trench, we must produce knowledge to strengthen digital public policy, move towards democracy, reduce inequality and promote political participation.”
The CLT19 is organized by the ITU, CAF – Development bank of Latin America –, the Inter-American Association of Telecommunications Companies (ASIET, in Spanish) and the GSMA, with the Modernization Government Secretariat of Argentina as its host. It has the support of the Government of Córdoba and ENACOM, together with organizations like COMTELCA, Regulatel, CEPAL-eLAC, ICANN, Internet Society and LACNIC. The Congress is being held at the Centro de Convenciones Brigadier General Juan Bautista Bustos in Córdoba, until Friday. While the official opening of the event took place today, activities began yesterday with the “Spectrum management heading to the World Radiocommunication Conference 2019” of the ITU Forum and with the academic meeting “Communications Policy Research Latin America (CPR LATAM).”