The decision to invest in these sessions responding to the genuine interest of the brand awareness of the opportunities our country has to increase their level of competitiveness and promote development in areas where information technology can contribute.
Microsoft Mexico sponsors, as every year, the visit of the most important analysts of the World Economic Forum (WEF for its acronym in English). This time, Irene Mia, Senior Economist, World Economic Forum noted that for the second consecutive year, Mexico remains in 60th place among 133 nations in the Global Competitiveness Index.
These results show good aspects, especially in an adverse economic environment as the world has faced in recent months. Nevertheless, Mexico needs to make changes in substantive areas as the impetus for technological development, fostering local innovation, access and training in the use of information technologies and communication, improving educational quality and strengthening of institutions at all levels, among others, to achieve a better position in the Index, said Irene Mia.
During her speech, she explained in detail the results of the Global Competitiveness Report, which gives access to the performance of the most important variables in the subject and the importance of the adoption and use of Information Technology.
Juan Alberto González Esparza, General Manager of Microsoft Mexico, emphasized the enormous opportunity that represent information technology to increase competitiveness indices and developing countries.
Mexico stressed that currently only about 27 million people, of more than 107 million people in the country, are Internet users. This, added Gonzalez Esparza, opens an important area of opportunity for Mexico, it is estimated that by the end of 2013, the market for information technology will drive the opening of a thousand new companies, most of which are SMEs.
“There is evidence that investment in technology infrastructure is driving the development of countries. A clear example of this is that according to the study of Competitive Intelligence Unit, the 10 percentage point increase in the use and adoption of broadband, this would result in 1.3 years to raise the average level of schooling in Mexico. At Microsoft we know that Mexico is a nation of great opportunity, so we’re committed young entrepreneurs and to the generation projects and partnerships to bring technology to more people and thus improve competitiveness and national progress. ” said the CEO of Microsoft Mexico.
“Lately, we have heard most often by the World Economic Forum that Mexico loses competitiveness in various aspects, which concerns us all by the immersion of the country irreversible globalization process. Scales down competitiveness means that businesses and institutions lose Mexican market to deliver goods or services. In 2008, the IT market represented about $ 13.300 million (Source: Select), representing about 1.37% of GDP, a very low percentage compared with the world average is 3.6%. In this environment, the Mexican Association of Information Technology Industry (AMITI) plays a role in making awareness among the different sectors which are Information Technologies competitiveness’ cornerstone”, said Carlos Allende, President of the AMITI.
For Microsoft, to invite each year the World Economic Forum analysts, is part of the actions it has undertaken to contribute to dialogue and to have a global perspective on economic growth, local innovation, social development and creation of opportunities. This aims to contribute to enriching the global picture of the industry and the authorities and public opinion in order to increase the competitive performance of our Mexico.