Chile : Creating Irreversible Momentum
Last Friday in my flight back to Washington after three days of extensive meetings with ICT policy and industry leaders in Chile I was wondering about which were Chile’s ingredients of success that have facilitated Chile’s tremendous progress on ICT. The reasons are probably found on Chile’s current attitude to ICT and the Government’s recognition on its importance to increase economic welfare. Even though Chile is leading the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Information Technology Report’s (GITR) Networked Readiness Index (NRI) in Latin America and has registered significant improvement during the last years, Chile continues challenging its industry and policy leaders to keep the momentum going, make the necessary investment decisions, and implement vital policy reforms needed to accelerate its transformation to the information economy and bring broadband to all sectors of the economy.I see three fundamental elements that have make Chile so successful. First; the government is focused. The importance of ICT has been internalized across the Government and the different government agencies are working together with a unified agenda. The structure of Chile’s Digital Strategy is just one example of this cohesion. Second; Government, Academia, and Industry are working together in a strong Public Private Partnership (PPP). There is a great level of dialogue and commitment from an outstanding leadership at all fronts. Third; Chile is working on different dimensions. Chile’s Digital Plan acknowledges that to achieve its ICT goals the country has not only to invest in infrastructure but also on its ecosystem for ICT with a particular interest in Education. All these elements together are creating irreversible momentum for Chile’s transformation to the information economy and thus, creating the platform that will facilitate improvements in productivity, investment, jobs, and innovation, as well as social advancement.