The National Chamber of the Electronic, Telecommunications and Information Technology Industry (Canieti) will hold its 2022 national convention and elective general assembly at the International Congress Center from today to Friday.
Eduardo Alvarado Mujica, president of the southeast regional headquarters of Canieti, reported on the vast program that will bring some 250 businessmen, directors, executives, national chamber leaders and decision-making officials who affect the economic and technological development of the country.
“Bringing an event of this level to Merida is having the opportunity to strengthen ties between Yucatan and national and global companies to position the state in the digital world,” he said.
“It is a great opportunity to continue building and adding capabilities, it is a reality in this environment of high global competition that if we do not make strategic alliances with global companies, it is difficult to advance at the pace that the economy demands,” he said. “In the state we have a lot of talent and capabilities that have been developed over the years, we will have great decision makers at this convention.”
The Canieti 2022 national convention will begin tonight with a welcome cocktail at the Hotel Fiesta Americana and tomorrow with breakfast in a room in the congress center.
That same Thursday, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., the inauguration will take place at the CIC, headed by Governor Mauricio Vila Dosal; the mayor of Mérida, Renán Barrera Concha; the current president of Canieti, Carlos Funes; the only candidate Enrique Yamuni; the engineer Alvarado Mujica and national leaders of Concamin and the CCE.
Also invited are the Secretaries of the Economy, Tatiana Clouthier; Infrastructure, Communications and Transportation, Jorge Arganis; the president commissioner of Ifetel, among other national leaders and officials.
Five panel tables, the elective general assembly and a dinner at Quinta Montes Molina are scheduled tomorrow, and on Friday, two master conferences, three panel tables and the closing message.
In the first panel table “Industrial ecosystems from the new reality” the participation of the head of Economy, the national leader of the CCE, Francisco Cervantes Díaz, who participated in the national congress of the CMIC last week, is expected; José Antonio Abugaber, leader of the Concamin; Jorge Castilla, president of the Mexican Association of the Information Technology Industry; and the national president of Canieti, Carlos Funes.
In fact, all the panel tables will have a high learning content and on the development of this sector that represents almost 8% of the national GDP, with a contribution of 3% in telecommunications, 2.5% in information technologies and 1.7% in electronics. It is the second economic generator, behind the automotive industry.
“The different panels will talk about these ecosystems and the relevance they have in this new context, where the need to use technology in different sectors is clearer, about talent development, entrepreneurship,” explained engineer Alvarado .
“It is a fairly rich convention in its content, with the presence of top-level directors in Mexico. About nine years ago it was held in Mexico City, but with close work with the national chamber and the support of the state government, it was possible to bring it to Mérida.”
“At the moment there is a development of capacities to position Yucatan as a global pole in information technology, communications and electronics services, there are even professional careers on cybersecurity at the UPY and the UTM.”
He then highlighted that in recent decades there has been continuous work in the State government to trigger this information technology activity and to attract investment, as is already being seen.
For example, the company Accenture is building advanced technology centers in Mérida, Tekax and Valladolid where it will create 1,000 jobs, including the president of this brand, Jorge Castilla, will participate as a panelist.
Due to the nature of the sector, it will allow young people to carry out their work remotely from their municipalities without traveling to Mérida, they will be able to be promoted according to their dedication, capacity, studies and good practices, so it is an opportunity to have incomes higher than those offered by traditional companies.
“It is very important that the first actors in this sector see what we are doing in Yucatan, there is a dialogue and coordinated work between the business sector and the government to improve cybersecurity, which today is a very relevant issue,” he said.
“Yucatán is the safest state in terms of physical security, but we are already seeing that more and more crimes arise in the digital world, we welcome the creation of careers in cybersecurity there. There are efforts and challenges that we have to work hand in hand with society, private initiative and the government, we envision Yucatan to be a leader in virtual security as well”.
Step by Step
He was asked how the technology industry is in Yucatan and he replied that in general terms it is constantly growing, he sees that local, national and global companies invest in the state, he continues to work on developing talent, there is a state teaching of English so that the workforce is bilingual.
But, he said, here it is necessary to reinforce and work quickly because there is a lot of work for young people in these specialties.
“During the pandemic there was a contraction in the productive sectors, but in this post-pandemic growth is resumed in an important way with local and global companies that are coming,” he indicated.
“Fortunately, in different sectors the use of technologies is already seen as providers of transversal services, they grow and become stronger, they require ICT services, and this reactivation allows the growth of the sector”.
“The pandemic made it clear that technologies are already essential in all activities: without technology, without digitization, without the internet, without communications it would have been impossible to continue operating as it happened in education,” he reiterated.— Joaquín Chan Caamal