For entrepreneurs, this is a common tool. Politicians, on the other hand, are learning to use it, since necessity imposed it on them. The truth is that the president Alberto Fernández I had already participated in two videoconferences by the time mid-afternoon arrived: the first was with their peers in the region and the second with representatives of the main technology companies operating in Argentina.
From the Eva Perón Room of the Casa Rosada, Fernández spoke with more than 10 representatives of large local and foreign technology companies in order to analyze actions and cooperate in the development of courses and training strategies in digital tools, given the set of measures that were implemented to reduce the impact of the coronavirus in the country.
Representatives of Unitech participated in the videoconference, Hannibal Carmona; Amazon, Paula Córdoba; Paypertic, Fabian Barros; Red Hat, Sebastián Biagini; G&L Group, Sergio Candelo; Argentina medal, Santiago Ceria; SAS, Gustavo Gutman; Cisco Systems, Hernán Piñero; Oracle, Álvaro Venini; IBM Argentina, Maria Ines Cura; Microsoft, Marina Bericua; CESSI, Mauro Busso Y Blas Briceno; Cadesol, Daniel Colleti; Free market, Soledad Dematteo Y Karen Bruck; Cicomra, Norberto Daniel Chaplain; and Nation Services, Juan Carlos Ferreira.
There were also Facebook executives, María Julia Díaz Ardaya; Practice, Nelson Sprejer; HP Argentina, Mariano Dolhare Y Maria Eugenia Montero; Google, Pablo Beramendi Y Eleonora Rabinovich; PwC Argentina, Santiago Mignone; Intel, Adrian De Grazia; and Datawise, Cristian Malaspina.
The governor of San Juan accompanied the president, Sergio Uñac; the chief of staff, Santiago Cafiero; the interior ministers, Eduardo de Pedro; of Education, Nicolas Trotta; and Productive Development, Matías Kulfas; the general secretaries of the Presidency, Julio Vitobello; Strategic Affairs, Gustavo Beliz; and Access to Health, Carla Vizzotti; and the advisor Cecilia Nicolini, the President pointed out that the country is facing a “pandemic and we need compliance with social distancing and, after evaluating the digital tools that were proposed, he urged them to “Start working together and specifically so that ideas become actions.”
“We held a video conference with representatives of technology companies to help improve services during isolation. We address issues such as remote work, virtual money, tools to improve public policies and combat false news, “wrote the President on the twitter social network.
During the meeting the businessmen explained and analyzed together with the authorities applications of geolocation, educational and training platforms, remote work software and electronic payment, virtual space initiatives, tracking and statistical apps, bot developments to distribute priority information and the removal of all false news content related to the coronavirus from social networks .
“The meeting was very positive, The Government invited the entire industry to work on technology-enabled solutions to help the population and the government. Each one from its focus to mitigate and traverse this situation as best as possible” explained to Infobae Diego Bekerman, CEO of Microsoft Argentina
The dynamics of the meeting, as Bekerman explained, was that companies and chambers listened to the government’s interest and then explained one by one how they could collaborate. “The Government asked us to explain in detail what we can offer and what the implementation times are, because there is an urgency and a focus on achieving quick solutions. “
The interest of the Government focused on asking the industry how it could help companies, institutions, governments to enable free platforms to operate remotely in this context.
“We made our Microsoft Teams tool available for free, a tool that allows video conferencing, exchanging documents, group chats in a safe environment, etc., ”said Bekerman. “What we noticed is that there is a lot of demand of all kinds, free trainings, training for the workforce to learn to work remotely. It is a time where we are all challenged and training can help us, “he added
After noting that he is holding the call, the Microsoft executive made reference to the fact that the local ecosystem is made up of “by 5,000 companies that have applications and could collaborate with the Government in tools and solutions ”.
Along the same lines, a spokesperson for Facebook noted after the virtual call that the company “is committed to fighting disinformation around the pandemic and help millions of Argentines to stay connected and work from home during this crisis. “
Since Free market they explained that the “virtual meeting” was intended “request collaboration and identify joint work opportunities to control the pandemic and ensure that more and more people remain at home“
From the local “unicorn” they pointed out that the agenda included “Encourage the development of electronic means of payment through virtual wallets and payments with QR, avoiding the use of cash”. In this line, it is considered to encourage digital payment so that more SMEs and small supermarkets can continue selling, and bring mobile devices closer so that they can process payments.
“The need to develop applications was raised in order to be able to track people in quarantine, learn about behaviors and other key information in order to limit the circulation of those infected as much as possible. From Mercado Libre we will continue contributing everything in our power to alleviate this situation, ”they explained.
Local unicorns are vitally important for the day after, as they could be among the first to recover considering their market is global. Furthermore, while the “classic” sectors of the economy will have difficulties for a long time, Pink House understand that technology companies are the ones that will drive the new job once the pandemic dissipates and the labor market begins to show its new face.