2022, the year of the technological challenge

An indicator of generalized development in a country refers to the degree of adoption and use of technology as a pillar of modernization and advancement. Thus, the pandemic scenario accelerated the standardization of the use of ICTs which, in a large number of cases, mean productivity and the requirement of specialized human resources. However, it still seems that the accumulated lag in digital skills, innovation, literacy and competitiveness, put a shackle that will be difficult to break. In the most recent study by the Institute for Management Development, an organization based in Switzerland, Mexico, there is a less than encouraging outlook. The World Digital Competitiveness Ranking shows that our country currently ranks 56 out of 64 nations analyzed. Of the shortcomings mentioned, the poverty of tax incentives for the use of information technology stands out, as well as the precarious scientific concentration in the field. Hence, the breakdown in education, investment in research and education shows these as far behind. There is broad agreement among other organizations regarding this situation. For example: the Digital Quality of Life index prepared by the company SurfShark, Mexico is in the same way in a backward place in the assessment of parameters such as electronic infrastructure, affordability, internet quality, among others. Thus, its location is far from the first places, being in a position 67 out of 110 countries according to what is contributed by this company. Finally, to reinforce the argument, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development warns of the Mexican lag in achieving sustainable development and adequate preparation for the new world technological scenario. Thus, the nation’s digital development takes us to position 57 out of 158 countries.

Already the United Nations had suggested at the end of the first year of the pandemic that nations should pay special attention to actions that encourage digital literacy and familiarity with technology. In addition, among these suggestions was the reinforcement of the adoption of digital rights, the implementation of reinforced cybersecurity schemes and the adaptation of the regulatory frameworks aimed at both greater accessibility and greater protection in the technological environment. How much are we doing in the present tense in our Mexico?

In a year where uncertainty still prevails, economic reactivation will be inevitably linked to business competitiveness and public incentives for the proper development of the economy. It is in many sections where we have pending issues that slow down issues such as a functional tourism industry with high quality standards, and in general the existence of companies that win both national and international markets. State-of-the-art technology support is no longer optional, therefore it provides areas of opportunity for the reorientation of the workforce. In 2022 the challenge is gigantic. We are ready?

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Guillermo Deloya Cobián

Policy analyst

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Guillermo Deloya Cobián is a native of Puebla, with a law degree, specializing in tax law, a master in economics and government, and a doctorate in strategic planning and development policies. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in creative writing at the University of Salamanca.

He is a columnist and commentator in various national and local media, has published eight books, as well as various essays on topics ranging from economic, political and legal, to a historical novel set in the 18th century.

He is a commentator and analyst on politics, economics and legal issues at ADN40.

He has developed a constant teaching activity as a university professor both in Puebla and in CDMX.

He has 28 years of experience in the public sector where he has held positions at the federal and state levels, in the Attorney General’s Office of Mexico City, in the Attorney General’s Office, in the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit. , in the Council of the Federal Judiciary and the Government of the State of Puebla, he was Coordinator of the National Institute for Federalism and Municipal Development, INAFED, of the Ministry of the Interior and has held various partisan positions.


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