Certal and Les Jeunes du Monde Unis organize a meeting on digital inclusion as a protagonist in Madrid


Vianna Maino, Ecuador

Lahaouari Benarba. Les Jeunes du Monde Unis

Tomas Lamanauskas, (ITU)

Alessandro Gropelli, ETNO, European Telecoms Association

David Hoffman, Sanford School of Public Policy (Duke University)

Arturo Robles Rovalo, México

It will take place in Madrid and Toledo, next February 23 and 24. Academics, government officials and representatives of the private sector from several countries will meet, among them will be representatives of the governments of Argentina, Paraguay, Ecuador, Mexico, Uruguay, and Panama.

Les Jeunes du Monde Unis, a global platform dedicated to nurturing a community of empowerment, inspiration and training for young leaders, and the Center for Studies for the Development of Telecommunications and Access to the Information Society in Latin America (CERTAL ), will hold the meeting that will bring together academics, government officials and representatives of the private sector. In the Spanish Confederation of Business Organizations (CEOE), based in Madrid, and will have the objective of highlighting the importance of digitization and values in the world of telecommunications.

Leading specialists participate

Tomas Lamanauskas, Deputy Secretary General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU); Vianna Maino, Minister of Information Technology and Communications of Ecuador; María de Lourdes Alcívar de Lasso, First Lady of Ecuador; David Hoffman, Steed Family Professor of Cybersecurity Policy Practice at the Sanford School of Public Policy (Duke University); Arturo Robles Rovalo, Commissioner at the Federal Telecommunications Institute of Mexico; Joseph Deepu, Director of the Singapore Middle East Bank; Alessandro Gropelli, Deputy Director General, ETNO, European Telecoms Association; Julio González Ronco, Managing Director of the Real Madrid Foundation; Armando Fuentes, General Administrator of the National Authority of Public Services (ASEP) of Panama, among other renowned speakers.


Spokespersons for Millicom, Telecom Argentina, Grupo Clarín, AT&T, UCL Televisión, the Spanish Confederation of Business Organizations (CEOE), the Spanish Confederation of Young Entrepreneurs Associations (CEAJE), the Community of Madrid and the Governments of Argentina, Colombia, Spain, Ecuador and Uruguay.

Digitization for growth in Latin America will be the protagonist of this meeting. The reasons? According to a recent report by Raúl Katz, PhD and Director of Business Strategy Research at the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information, Juan Jung, PhD in Economics, and Fernando Callorda, researcher at the National Network of Public Universities of Argentina, digitization is a crucial tool to mitigate the economic crisis and accelerate recovery. “This will allow increasing the contribution of traditional sectors while generating new business and opportunities for the region,” the report says.

But the challenge of said recovery, according to the authors, requires the following: significantly increasing investment in the sector, accelerating the pace of innovation, and fostering the development of human capital. For this to happen, the regulatory, tax and public policy frameworks must be reassessed and modernized.

The program will also include a visit to the city of Toledo, on February 23, where, in addition to conferences, a formal declaration of universal values and the development of the digital society will be presented. Those interested in participating can register here.

According to the executive president of CERTAL, Pablo Scotellaro: “This important event focuses on building a reliable, sustainable and inclusive digital future. To facilitate a dialogue between the different regional approaches to close the gaps, where industry leaders, high-level policy makers and civil society from different regions (US, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe, Africa, and Asia)”.

On the other hand, the president of Les Jeunes du Monde Unis, Lahouari Benarba, expressed: “Our institution aims to promote mutual understanding, coexistence and ties between young people from different social sectors of the five continents without distinction of race, religion or social origin”.

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