In his first month in office, ICT Minister Mauricio Lizcano distributed 2,160 computers in four departments, benefiting 34 educational institutions, with the aim of achieving the goal of having one computer per child in Colombia.
Carrying out execution as one of his main policies, during this month Lizcano sought changes from the government for an additional $500,000 million to educate computers, thus increasing the program’s budget fivefold.
The Minister also wanted to know about the status of connectivity and digital education in the country as well as what digital entrepreneurs are doing in the regions. In this sense, he visited Bucaramanga and Floridablanca in Santander; Manizales and Villamaria in Caldas; Medellin in Antioquia, Mariquita in Tolima, Inírida in Guía, Quibdo in Chocó and San Andrés Island, to present ICT proposals.
During these visits, he emphasized the importance of not only bringing connectivity but also providing tools so that ICT can become an engine for economic and social development: “At the Government of President Petro we are dedicated to impacting the lives of the communities because of which technology is generated: equity, education and development across sectors.“said the leader of the ICT sector.
During the month, the portfolio holder worked to enhance digital education across the country, making the military a fundamental ally as a great trainer of instructors. Similarly, to further strengthen the innovation ecosystem, it announced an allocation of $7,000 million for the Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology of Colombia -BIOS-.
In terms of public media, this month three objectives were defined for the country’s eight public channels: creating world-class products made with and from regions, an free national platform on demand (OTT) and integrating digital updating . In addition, due to the emergency alert for Nevado del Ruiz, five licenses were issued for disaster care and prevention public interest stations for the municipalities of Casabianca, Murillo, Villahermosa, Santa Isabel and Herveo in Tolima.
This month’s work also helped Mauricio Lizcano identify the sector’s challenges and define his roadmap, which will focus on three objectives: connecting historically excluded regions, establishing and fostering innovation ecosystems, and creating a revolution based on innovation. Digital Education. All this will be done in collaboration with the actors, entrepreneurs and people of the region, the great recipient of all the works of the Ministry.
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