The choice that we Colombians must make this weekend is not easy. In the midst of a polarized campaign, plagued by fake news and whose only constant seems to be the tendency to go to extremes, the only thing left to us are the arguments. For this reason, at ENTER.CO, we have accompanied Alexander Torrenegra (entrepreneur, businessman and investor) to talk with the candidates and inquire about their proposals for the technology sector, as well as the policies they have in digitalization, entrepreneurship and closing the gap digital.
The appointment on this occasion was for the candidate Gustavo Petro through a virtual interview. At the beginning of this article you can find the video with the entire conversation, but we have also summarized the main questions and answers from candidate Gustavo Petro.
Similarly, we invite you to review the interview and summary of the Rodolfo Hernández conversation, which took place at the beginning of the week.
What are Gustavo Petro’s proposals in entrepreneurship and technology?
What are the most important actions to reduce the gap?
The Petro candidate assured that a change must be made in the economic structure of the country. Gustavo Petro, for example, suggested that one of the most important points is to strengthen support for industries such as coffee, abandoning the focus of recent years on fuel exports. The candidate pointed out that part of the adjustment he is talking about is to avoid exchanging ‘dollars’ for jobs since he is heavily dependent on imported products.
How to promote early education in subjects such as Programming?
For Gustavo Petro the main problem is the deficiency in subjects such as mathematics. But, for the candidate, before introducing programming elements in the curriculum, it is important to invest in mathematics education. One of the candidate’s conclusions is that it is necessary, for example, to introduce compulsory subjects such as programming or software development.
How to promote the knowledge economy (developers who bring income to the country)?
The candidate failed to answer whether he had any policies to encourage more companies to invest in knowledge talent. Instead of focusing on issues such as reducing tax burdens on these companies, his response focused on ‘literate’ adults using the country’s young talent through social programs.
How to reduce a digital divide?
The candidate presented an overview of the main problems facing the connection of the country. For example, he put as an example the integration of digital centers that have not solved connectivity problems in rural areas. For the candidate, one of the best options is the use of fiber optics, although he expressed the problems he has due to the extension of implementing it in the most remote areas of the country. It is worth noting that the candidate demonstrated knowledge of how satellite technologies are used.
How to reduce the gender gap in technology professions?
Gustavo Petro did not deliver a policy to promote or motivate the entry of women in technology. However, he focused on stating that one of the reasons why many women cannot access these careers is that they often have responsibilities as mothers. The candidate focused his response on social policies and failures in basic education.
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