In the last four years Colombia has experienced a digital revolution derived from an ambitious public policy plan called “Vive Digital”, which aims at reducing poverty, inequality and unemployment. Colombia has gone from 20% to 96% of its municipalities connected to the Internet and has multiplied by four the number of Internet connections, mainly in low income households.

This South American country received in 2012 the GSMA Government Leadership Award for having the best ICT public policy worldwide. It was also portrayed as a case study in the last World Economic Forum meeting in Davos and became the subject of a Washington Post article, which called the plan “Genius”. So what is all the noise about?

In this session, Mr. Diego Molano, Minister of ICT of Colombia, will highlight the key elements of this revolutionary plan, based on the strategic development of a carefully designed ICT Ecosystem, and explain his particular ICT4D approach.

This is the Opportunity to discuss with an ICT Policy Leader the main challenges that Colombia, as well as other middle income countries face, as they embark on the journey of ICT deployment as a tool to overcome poverty and support development.

About the speakers

  • Mr Diego Molano

    Affiliation: Minister of ICT of Colombia

    Diego Molano Vega was born in Tunja, Boyacá, where he attended high school; he holds a bachelor’s degree in Electronic Engineering from the Pontifical Xavierian University in Bogotá, Colombia, and a Master degree in Economics from the same university. He also holds a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the International Institute for Management Development (IMD), in Lausanne, Switzerland. Mr. Molano has held different multinational positions in countries such as Switzerland, United States and Spain, as well as high level positions in the private and public sector in Colombia. In August 6th of 2010, he was appointed ICT Minister in the Government of President Juan Manuel Santos, to define and implement the Colombia’s digital agenda. Diego Molano’s administration focuses on expanding the massive use of the internet in Colombia through The “Plan Vive Digital”, recognized as the best technology plan in the world by the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the most important event of the telecommunications industry.

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