There were two-way exchanges between the two countries, and Cuban representatives were present at the “IndiaSoft” event, which is held periodically and during which specialists from the island appreciated the diversity of modern high-quality products promoted by Indian entities.

By Alfredo Boada Mola

Cuban software industry executives appreciate India’s capabilities in this sector, which has seen a significant increase in the development of IT applications and services since the 90s of the last century. There were two-way exchanges between the two countries, and Cuban representatives were present at the “IndiaSoft” event, which is held periodically and during which specialists from the island appreciated the diversity of modern high-quality products promoted by Indian entities.

On the other hand, Indian software industry professionals visited Cuba and held meetings with their counterparts from the Caribbean island, expressing their pleasant impressions of the island’s sector.

Recently, the Ministry of Communications and the Cuban Informatics Union issued an invitation to participate in the XVIII edition of the Informatica 2022 International Convention and Fair, which will be held from March 21 to 25, 2022, at the Palacio de Congresos de La Havana, in person and also from virtual platforms (informaticahabana.cu/en/home/).

The slogan of the event “Together for digital transformation” supports the idea of ​​the innovative application of digital capabilities and technological solutions to the processes and products of government entities, universities, the information technology industry , the non-state sector and citizens, in terms of economic development and meeting the needs of society.

In an interview with the Prensa Latina news agency, the first vice-minister of the Cuban Ministry of Communications, automation engineer Wilfredo González Vidal, said that “the capacities promoted by India in the field of technologies are extensive, with significant contributions in the use of its workforce and in its skills, products and services.

According to the Cuban Vice Minister of Communications, there are several bases that can promote greater progress and greater scope of ties between India and Cuba in the field of information technology.

Among these factors, Gonzalez pointed out that the capacities and skills created in Cuba in terms of human resources can be used by Indian companies in the development of IT applications and services from across the ocean.

This would allow Indian businessmen to reduce response times in their developments, calling on IT experts in Cuba at alternate times due to the existing difference between the time zones in which the two countries are geographically located. , Gonzalez said as an example.

Second, he added, the possibility for both parties to take advantage of IT products created in each of the two countries, especially Cuban products that could increase the portfolio of products and services of Indian companies.

On the other hand, the creation of science and technology parks in Havana and other Cuban provinces is another of the virtues that Indian companies could be interested in, since through the use of human resources in Cuban universities, solutions could be developed and the marketing of products created in the Latin America and Caribbean region could be extended, including the benefits of being able to use the Spanish language to promote the positioning of various products and services.

Cuba shows its strengths in the field of information and communication technologies. Since the triumph of the Revolution in 1959, which stimulated the national literacy campaign in 1961, the country has been immersed in a continuous process of training men and women dedicated to science, and in this sense, thousands young people in Cuba have already graduated in careers related to information and communication technologies, González explained. Currently, Cuban professionals constitute an important pool of highly qualified human resources for the development of quality products and services in the field of information technology, said the expert.

Cuba has been deploying high-impact IT solutions for several years, such as digital payment gateways for government and e-commerce, a collaborative messaging system called Todus, an online video and audio-visual management platform called Picta and a platform for managing applications for mobile phones called Apklis, among other computer productions.

Cuba’s First Deputy Minister of Communications, Wilfredo González, led a delegation from the Caribbean island to the “Indiasoft 2019” information technology conference and exhibition, held in the city of Hyderabad , Telangana, with the aim of promoting the electronics, IT and IT applications and services sector in India.

The Cuban delegation showed in Hyderabad the quality and prestige of Cuban human resources in the field of applications and professional IT products and services.

Gonzalez said that during the dialogues held with businessmen and government officials in Telangana State, the parties agreed to highlight opportunities for joint work in the field of information technology. , India being one of the world leaders in the software industry.

In addition, Cuba has a highly qualified human resource to develop an IT applications and services industry to stimulate the national economy, replace imports and export professional services and high-quality IT products, the official explained. .

The Caribbean island has graduated more than 75,000 people in academic careers related to information technology over the past 50 years, and the country has approved a comprehensive policy for improving the computerization of all of the company, which establishes the development of the state enterprise of computer applications and services.

Meanwhile, the Special Development Zone of Mariel, located west of Havana, is an area with access to the sea very favorable for the operation of companies in the software sector, based on the use of labor. local work and the existence of certain markets.

During his visit to India, the Cuban official and his companions visited a computer park in the city of Noida, in the state of Uttar Pradesh.

Gonzalez met the Director of Indian Software Technology Parks, Rajneesh Agrawal, and several executives of the sector, with whom he exchanged experiences on these sites, created to link IT developments and human resources dedicated to research, development and innovation.

The computerization policy of the Republic of Cuba, approved in 2017 by the Council of Ministers of the Caribbean country, promotes the creation of science and technology parks to link the research, development and innovation sectors of universities to centers producing IT services.

In addition, Deputy Minister Gonzalez said his delegation was able to learn first-hand about the experience of the state of Telangana, which organizes the creation of products and new businesses in the field of information technology. information, generating quality jobs, as well as the necessary infrastructure for these purposes.

The group of Cuban experts visited the Hyderabad Institute of Information Technology, a university campus where new IT solutions companies are incubated. In places like this, favorable workspaces are created to innovate and develop IT applications and services.

The Cuban delegation held several working meetings with software industry officials, businessmen and academics from India and other countries during the Indiasoft Information Technology Conference and Exhibition .

The event in Hyderabad, India’s fourth largest city, served as a venue to promote the electronics, IT and IT applications and services sector with the participation of more than 200 Indian companies and d around 400 service providers from 75 countries on several continents.

Known for its rich history, culinary and multilingual culture, Hyderabad has begun its transformation into a cyber city, making it a hub for information technology and IT services.

The region, in addition to being a center for scientific and technological development in information technology infrastructure, is also a hub for the pharmaceutical industry and industrial research, where more and more companies become established.

The Cuban official said that after his visit to Telangana, he foresees closer cooperation between India and Cuba, a small nation but which has a highly qualified human resource to develop an industry of computer applications and services. able to boost the national economy, replacing imports and exports. professional services and computer products.

Cuba’s First Deputy Minister of Communications, Wilfredo González Vidal, reiterated his invitation to Indian companies, academics, specialists and other Indian actors in the field of information and communication technologies to participate physically or online and present their products and services at the Informática 2022 event and its virtual fair, from March 21 to 25, 2022, at the Havana Convention Center.

Indian players and companies can register online at informaticahabana.cu/en/home/ to participate in the event, where they can build working relationships with their counterparts in Cuba, Latin America and the Caribbean.

(The author is the senior India-South Asia correspondent for the Latin American news agency Prensa Latina. The opinions expressed are personal and do not reflect the position or official policy of Financial Express Online. Reproduction of this content without permission is prohibited).

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