A couple of weeks ago I attended a couple of events of the Argentine government, which demonstrate the dramatic changes we can expect in the coming years in the country’s tech sector. The Argentine Government considers ICT to be one of the engines which will transform the productivity and economic development of the country, and as a result is a priority of President Mauricio Macri’s administration.
Firstly up, on Monday I visited the Communications Ministry to discuss moves to foster the development of the Internet of Things (IoT) throughout the country and explore the opportunities for Argentina. In the meeting the government made clear that it wants to work closely with private companies to create the right legislation that will help and advance the adoption and spread of IoT. We discussed how the government can help companies export not just service hours in the traditional outsourcing model, but rather intellectual property and exporting more added value. Developing greater expertise in emerging areas such as IoT is an effective way to achieve this. The government also spoke about the importance of privacy and security, and also the need to identify areas where infrastructure investments will be required to take full advantage of the potential of IoT.
And then the next day I went to hear Francisco Cabrera, Minister of Production, and Esteban Bullrich, Minister of Education, announce “Plan 111.Mil” – the name representing the 111,000 new tech jobs that the government aims to create in the next four years. That 111,000 number will be made up of 100,000 new tech programmers, 10,000 business professionals, and 1,000 entrepreneurs. To achieve this, throughout the country universities, technical schools, and professional development centers, will provide free courses in programming to people who are interested. Individuals will learn about computer programming (such as how to develop software for different uses, and how to build a database for an application), and also help people connect with with each other in the technology world. The need for more tech professionals is clear- the government believes 45,000 companies will need to hire more tech professionals in the next 5 years.
These are significant announcements from the government. They follow on from the news announced earlier in the year that Argentina will be formalizing the teaching of technology skills throughout the education system. This is an exciting time in the tech industry, and it’s great to see the government putting in place a strategy to ensure the country continues to be recognized as one of the best places in the world to find technology talent.