Several mayors of Latin cities gathered at the technology fair eMerge Americas occurred.
Mayors of American cities participated in a summit on technological innovation in Miami Beach (Florida, USA), which revealed the main challenges faced by municipalities in terms of efficiency and implementation of new technologies.
Sponsored by the Miami-Dade County, the first summit “Pro-Innovation” sought to strengthen cooperation between senior representatives of different cities, both in the region and U.S. and Europe, with a view to developing proposals to some technological issues facing municipalities in Latin America to address.
The Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez told Efe that this forum with the county wants to settle down as the engine that enhances “the business of technology” in the cities of Latin America and even the world.
“It’s a good way to see how we can connect to each of the cities to achieve different solutions,” he said on the summit, jointly organized by the Technology Foundation of the Americas.
During the day some innovation projects were presented, as was the case of the “Route”, a proposal that has public and private funds to “promote the development of innovative business.”
For its executive director, Juan Camilo Quintero, the fact that public bodies exist to encourage the implementation of new technologies brings municipalities “increase competitiveness” to become smart cities.
Meanwhile, the mayor of the Colombian city of Barranquilla, Elsa Noguera said the launch of this summit, “generates opportunities for reflection about the importance of technology” in the management of cities and society current.
The mayor noted that the digital divide is observed in Latin American countries hinders the development in innovation, while much of society does not have access to new technologies.
“One can have government services online but no access our citizens cannot use them,” he lamented, then urge local authorities in the region to work towards a common goal to reverse this situation.
During his speech, the mayor presented the “Vive Digital” project; a partnership between the Colombian municipalities and the Ministry of Information Technologies and Communications focused on enhancing the “digital literacy” of the population and enhance their access to new technologies.
“Centers of about 55 computers that serve people and use them to do training to learn how to use them will be built,” he said.
The summit “Pro-Innovation” was held in the framework of the conference eMerge Techweek Americas, a fair that takes place in Miami and seeks to establish itself as a reference meeting to discuss aspects of innovation in the Latin America.