ADOC Center Opened in Temoaya, Increasing Opportunity for all

ADOC Secretariat Office, Chinese Taipei

November 23th, 2011


APEC Digital Opportunity Center (ADOC) Secretariat is proud to open a new ADOC Center in cooperation with Escuela Secundaria Oficial #30 “Melchor Ocampo” in Temoaya on November 23th, 2011. This ADOC Center aims to provide training on information and communication technology (ICT) for local community and children that have encountered difficulty in gaining access to computers and are eager to gain knowledge of computer. ADOC center seeks to empower them to take full advantage of the digital opportunities afforded by ICT and the Internet.

Mexico joined the ADOC project in 2009, and since then 4 ADOC centers have been established. Thus far, around 15,500 Mexicans have received training at the ADOC centers in Obregon, Navojoa, Guanajuato and Ciudad Juarez. These centers are the fruits of cooperative effort between Mexico’s public and private sectors and the ADOC Secretariat Office in Chinese Taipei. The new ADOC center in Temoaya opened today will aim to train around 250 persons during its first year of operation.

ADOC project is a self-funded multi-year Economic and Technical Cooperation (ECOTECH) initiative that Chinese Taipei first raised in the 2003 APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting. It aims to assist in transforming digital divides into digital opportunities throughout the Asia-Pacific region. The first phase of the ADOC project was launched in August 2004 and was concluded at the end of 2008. The second phase ADOC project, ADOC 2.0 project, was proposed during the 2007 APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting and launched in 2009 by Chinese Taipei.

The training provided by ADOC centers includes not only ICT basic skills but also e-commerce and e-trading practices in order to empower the trainees with the ability to generate income and to improve quality of life. Until December 2011, in collaboration with APEC PMEs, 89 ADOC centers have been established, and around 245,000 people have received training from August 2004 to October 2011.

For additional information, please contact with local ADOC Country Coordinator.

ADOC Secretariat, Chinese Taipei Maxim C. C. Lu maximlu@iii.org.tw +886(2)66318518 
Mexico Coordinator Mr. Julián Nevárez Montes jnevarez@apecdoc.org +52(1)6444577119
Chile Coordinator Mr. Renzo Sanguinetti Mariselli rsanguinetti@apecdoc.org +56(9)84119067
Peru Coordinator Ms. Cynthia Fiorentini cfiorentini@apecdoc.org +51(9)97902328

ADOC Center Opened in Ciudad Juarez, Increasing Opportunity for all



ADOC Secretariat Office, Chinese Taipei

May 16th, 2011

APEC Digital Opportunity Center (ADOC) Secretariat is proud to open a new ADOC Center in cooperation with Asociación Civil in Ciudad Juarez on May 16th, 2011. This ADOC Center aims to provide training on information and communication technology (ICT) for women and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that have encountered difficulty in gaining access to computers and are eager to gain knowledge of computer and e-Commerce. ADOC center seeks to empower them to take full advantage of the digital opportunities afforded by ICT and the Internet.

Mexico joined the ADOC project in 2009, and since then 3 ADOC centers have been established. Thus far, around 3,500 Mexicans have received training at the ADOC centers in Obregon, Navojoa and Guanajuato. These centers are the fruits of cooperative effort between Mexico’s public and private sectors and the ADOC Secretariat Office in Chinese Taipei. The new ADOC center in Ciudad Juarez opened today will aim to train around 250 women and SMEs during its first year of operation.

ADOC project is a self-funded multi-year Economic and Technical Cooperation (ECOTECH) initiative that Chinese Taipei first raised in the 2003 APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting. It aims to assist in transforming digital divides into digital opportunities throughout the Asia-Pacific region. The first phase of the ADOC project was launched in August 2004 and was concluded at the end of 2008. The second phase ADOC project, ADOC 2.0 project, was proposed during the 2007 APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting and launched in 2009 by Chinese Taipei.

The training provided by ADOC centers includes not only ICT basic skills but also e-commerce and e-trading practices in order to empower the trainees with the ability to generate income and to improve quality of life. In collaboration with APEC PMEs, 69 ADOC centers have been established, and around 165,000 people have received training from August 2004 to December 2010.

 

 

 

SIDEBAR: As world meets on climate, Mexico City hopes for clean air

By Michael Stuerzenhofecker Nov 22, 2010, 3:11 GMT

Mexico City – Politicians and experts from around the world are to meet in the Mexican resort city of Cancun next week in their latest effort to save the global climate.

And yet Tanya Muller, Mexico City’s environment minister, would be quite happy if all the UN-backed climate summit managed was to make the air around the 20-million-strong metropolis just a little bit cleaner.

Muller supports the so-called Plan Verde (Green Plan) of Mayor Marcelo Ebrard, who has committed himself to improving the environment in a city that has as many people as Australia, on land that is 1,000 times smaller.

City authorities are trying hard to keep the pressing environmental problems of the Mexican capital in check. And they hope to make it ‘livable’ again by 2015, according to the Plan Verde.

This comprehensive catalogue of environmentally friendly measures includes promoting rooftop gardens, building cycle lanes, saving water and separating rubbish for recycling.

But the list of problems is equally long. Water is one of the biggest concerns, according to an opinion poll conducted among residents.

Mexico City is located on a former lake, and since the area was artificially drained, the ground has sunk up to seven metres. Because it is a natural drainage basin, rain water cannot flow out, and no one really knows what to do with the huge metropolis’ waste water.

Endless streams of a different kind, cars, take over the city’s avenues every morning and evening. Several million people pour into work, most of them by car, which has become a status symbol in an emerging country like Mexico.

The authorities have been trying since the early 1990s to rein in smog through bans on the circulation of old cars in a city that is located 2,300 metres above sea level. But they have so far been largely unsuccessful.

A massive development of public transportation is currently underway in an effort to curb the environmental impact of commuters.

Cycling is being promoted, with a system similar to that in Berlin or Copenhagen, which hosted the last major UN climate summit in December 2009.

So far, however, there is still a long way to go. Cyclists currently constitute 1 per cent of the traffic flow, while the authorities are aiming to raise it to 5 per cent.

‘Comprehensive and immediately effective solutions are simply not possible in a metropolis of this magnitude,’ says Peter Krieger of the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

With its Plan Verde, Mexico City is on the right track, and also on its way to emulating Latin America’s two green cities: Brazil’s Curitiba and Colombian capital Bogota.

‘There are as many people living here as in the former East Germany or in Australia, and that is just how complex the necessary measures are,’ Krieger said.

That, of course, also gives an idea of the impact that such measures might have if they are effective. Most of the other cities in Mexico are also likely to follow the capital’s example if it proves successful.

‘Mexico City is the model and leader for the other cities in the country and in Central America,’ Muller said.

Source:http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/americas/news/article_1600589.php/SIDEBAR-As-world-meets-on-climate-Mexico-City-hopes-for-clean-air 

E-Commerce Grows 39% in Latin America

The e-commerce market in
Latin America has reached a value of $ 21.800 billion, with an annual growth
rate of 39%, according to the Regional Electronic Commerce Study released today
by the company Visa.
 


Guillermo Rospigliosi, company
executive, was responsible for bringing these data in the context of e-commerce
organized by the Amipci Day, noting that the Internet has grown into the world
as a pay channel and distribution of goods and services.
 


It is predicted that the region
will experience a 58% increase in e-commerce end of 2011, reaching a volume of
more than $ 34.500 billion.
 


Rospigliosi was also noted that
Brazil currently focusing 61% of the volume of electronic commerce in Latin
America, followed by Mexico (12%), Chile (4.7%), Venezuela (4.2%) and Argentina
(4.0%).
 
It should be
noted that growth has been Brazil, which in 2005 retained 51% of that volume.
 


The South American country is
also leading a regional level in regard to the online presence of big brands,
while Mexico ranks second, although less and less traffic categories.
 

Another fact highlighted by Visa
is related to the type of transactions made by Latin Americans on the Internet
during the past year: 46% were trips, 34% retail (or "retail"), 13%
international purchases (made at sites
 foreign)
and 6% Exchanges C2C (consumer to consumer).
 

Meanwhile, in the case of Mexico, the pie
is divided as follows: Travel concentrated by 55%, followed by international
purchases with 23%, C2C exchanges with 12% and retail sales with 10%.
 


Despite its growth, electronic
commerce in Latin America is still down from Spain (which was taken as
reference for the study) as indicators infraesructura, banking and technology
adoption, among other factors affecting the development of
 
e-commerce. 

It also highlights the fact that
the internet is still uncommon in the region as a means of transaction.
 Although
one third of American Internet surfing, only 18% shop online, spending an
average 670 usd per year.
 
The
case of Mexico is even more critical, since 29% of the population surfs the
internet, but only 16% make purchases online, with an average cost of 557 usd
per year.
 


Raises awareness to safety 


As good news for e-commerce,
Rospigliosi said that, at the regional level has increased awareness towards
safety on the Internet: about 70% of respondents felt confident Visa
transactions online in 2009, versus about
 
60%
in 2007.
 
In
Mexico, the percentages are nearly 80% in 2009, vs.
 
about
70% in 2007.
 


Region growing audience 


For his part, Ivan Marchant,
Country Manager for Mexico commScore, noted that the Latin American internet
audience has managed to grow by 21% over the past year, gaining 18 million new
users.
 


In the case of Mexico, the
largest categories of e-commerce activity in the purchase of hardware (22% of
purchases), software (15%), flowers and gifts (13%) and books (10%).
 
However,
Mexicans are not likely to compare prices online.
 


Marchant was one of the speakers
who stressed the importance of Brazil, with 34% of the online population in
Latin America, and yet in 2009 accounted for 61% of the dollars circulating in
the regional e-commerce in 2009.
 For its part, Mexico has
15% of American Internet users, and only accounted for 11% of the dollars that
circulated on the Internet last year.
 


Other relevant data released by
comScore’s management include:
 

  • ·        
    Users of Mexico and Brazil are
    spending more time online than the rest of Latin Americans
     
  • ·        
    In Mexico, 68% of internet users are
    under 34 years
     
  • ·        
    Worldwide, there are fewer women
    surfers, but spend more time online than men
     
  • ·        
    6 out of 10 people think the
    internet is important when making purchasing decisions
     
  • ·        
    Coupon sites are growing, particularly
    among older women
     
  • ·        
    51% of consumers are at least
    somewhat likely to cancel their online purchase if shipping is not free
  • ·        
    22% of Twitter users continue to
    companies to find special offers or promotions
     


The records also increase 

Moreover, according to Ricardo
Pedraza, Verisign, the internet domain registration grew 18% in 2009 throughout
Latin America, reaching more than 7 million registered domains.
 Domains. Com and. Net
achieved a 10% growth to reach 2.1 million domains in the region.

Reference: MUNDO-CONTACT 2010.
Portal de Convergencia y Tecnología. Published on October 21st, 2010
on:

http://mundo-contact.com/enlinea_detalle.php?recordID=19888

Graduation Ceremony Obregón February – July 2010

 

 

 

This is a video made to express the activities done during the courses given at the ADOC center in Obregón, México. This video represents the stages from where the participants started and finished. It has pictures which were taken during the training courses.

 

Reference: OCHOA, Alcantar José Manuel. Taken from www.youtube.com, on June 6th, 2010.

México Needs More Public Accesses

In the country 250 persons for each thousand citizens have a way to connect to the Internet.

In order to have a higher level of penetration of internet users in México, more public accesses are needed, but most of all for women, was considered like this by Kishore Swaminathan, Global Director of Accenture.

During his visit to México the scientist pointed out that 25 percent of Mexican population has access to Internet; it is 250 persons for each thousand citizens have a way to connect to the Net, which can be good or bad.

“Bad if it is compared with other countries, because is a low penetration, but if this is compared with the literacy existing in the country, I am sure the statistics (of the people who connects to the Internet) is higher” affirmed.

The solution Swaminathan offers to any of the governments of the emerging countries is to make educational plans and to offer public accesses in libraries and schools, but most of all focused on women, because they will be the ones teaching children.

On the other side, the specialist admitted that from the 75 percent without access to Internet, at least one of those persons has it, and even uses it to consult medical information, for example.

Besides, only Rusia of the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) enjoys better statistics of penetration to the Net in México.

Reference: El Reforma, México.

México is Named Headquarter for the 2014 World Congress on IT

 

 

 

With representation of more than 55 countries, WITSA selects México as headquarter of the 2014 WCIT to be realized in Guadalajara, Jalisco.

MéxicoIT, in accordance with CANIETI, announced that México was chosen in a unanimous manner as the headquarter country for World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT) 2014, which will have as a discussion topic “Innovation of IT for a creative World”.

During the General Assemble of World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA), and being represented with more than 55 countries, the president of the organism mentioned, Dato´Dan E Khoo, announced México as Amphitryon of such important event for 2014.

The promotion program MexicoIT, main manager of this achievement for the industry, had the support of CANIETI, AMITI, the Economy Secretariat and the Government of the State of Jalisco, being this last one the headquarter in Guadalajara.

ADOC 2.0 Digital Opportunity Center in Obregon and Navojoa, Mexico

On August 18th, 2009, the city of Obregon inaugurated their first ADOC 2.0 Center after Mexico had agreed to become the eighth partner in the ADOC project. 

Ever since,this center has gradually evolved into an important opportunity for local residents to obtain necessary basic computing skills. As it was expressed by their own representatives; "This center pretends to develop in a short time and with adults from our community, the basics competencies in the usage of information and communication technologies, since our adult people from the past generation were educated into information and printed cultures and these new abilities will be necessary to use as a new life style into this digital knowledge society".

This center was established with the cooperation of the Institute of Technology of Sonora (ITSON).ADOC and ITSON work closely together to provide the ICT-related training that is in high demand in the community of Obregon. 

 

 

During the month of October, the Obregon ADOC 2.0 Digital Center held several training sessions in the following subjects: 

Information Literacy, Computer Basics, Navigating the Internet, Electronic Means of Communication, Word Processing and Electronic Transactions. 

According to the latest reports, the number of trainees in the month of October accounted for almost 600 trainees. Out of these trainees, approximately 81 percent were women and 19 percent were men.

 

 

With the cooperation of ADOC and ITSON, the Obregon center promises to continue to improve its services to offer the ICT training that reflects the current needs of an information technology driven society.

Social networks supporting job recruiters

In addition to Internet search engines, social networks are increasingly impacting on job search and employers that provide information about candidates, according to a study.

The company’s online job classifieds in Latin America states that 42% of recruiters looking for extra information about the candidates for any office via the Internet.

He reports that some 85 million Internet users in Latin America have entered their profile on any social network, which sometimes helps recruiters to supplement the information. Most popular are Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.

The main form that the contractors use is Google with 35%, followed by social networks like Facebook with 25%, LinkedIn with 15% and MySpace with five percent.

In a statement, said that the survey was conducted from 1 to 15 September this year, with human resource directors from Argentina, Mexico, Chile, Colombia and Venezuela.

According to the results, 26% of recruiters help candidates advance to the next step due to the digital information on the Internet.

While 70% of the decision to hire someone depends on the interview, also seek information externally so that sometimes 27% of the candidates lose the opportunity to be hired in most of the time, for false information .