The Minister of Modernization, Andrés Ibarra, inaugurated the High Level Meeting "Digital inclusion for development", the prelude to the VII Assembly of the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL), organ of the Organization of American States (OAS). The meeting is the main Inter-American forum for the development of telecommunications and information and communication technologies (ICT).
"There is no doubt that the world faces a true digital revolution. answers to ensure that adaptation to technological changes creates opportunities for more and better work, more and better development Connectivity is a necessary condition for us to generate sustained growth ", commented Ibarra.
The minister also participated in the opening of Foreign Affairs and Worship, Jorge Faurie, the Deputy Secretary General of the International Telecommunication Union, Malcolm Johnson, and the Secretary General of the Organization of American States, Luis Almagro .
Today, the High Level Assembly will be held where senior officials of the field of telecommunications, representatives of the private sector, experts, representatives of international organizations and civil society will meet to discuss Digital Economy, Infrastructure, Connectivity and 5G.
Currently, Argentina has 15.6 million users of 4G, achieving a penetration of 37% of the population, the 2nd highest in the region. On the other hand, today there are 7 million households with fixed internet access. The National Digital Inclusion Plan seeks to improve the speed of 3.5 million of them, reach 2 million new accesses and increase the average speed of the national Internet to 20 Mbps.
From 13 to 15 March, the VII will be carried out Ordinary Meeting of the CITEL Assembly, whose meeting is held every four years and where Argentina will assume the Presidency of its Permanent Executive Committee (COM / CITEL) for the new period (2018-2022).
As reference framework of the ICT sector for the period 2018 – 2021 and aligned with the objectives of the International Telecommunications Union, the Declaration of Buenos Aires will be prepared and signed, a core document for the industry where regional programs and initiatives are proposed to comply.
Assembly will be attended by around 250 delegates representing 34 countries of the Americas, as well as the most important telecommunications companies present in the region.  "From the presidency of the G20, Argentina holds the importance of the concept of digital inclusion, since it allows the entire population to have the digital tools that allow them to have quality jobs, better education and health" added Ibarra.