Going Digital: The Future of Digital Trade in Latin America
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As the world’s wealthiest countries lift pandemic restrictions, the crisis is worsening in much of Latin America due to slow vaccine rollout, stressed healthcare systems and more contagious variants. In response, many governments have re-imposed social distancing measures, once again redirecting social and economic activity online. Throughout the pandemic, the use of digital technologies in Latin America has rapidly accelerated: education has become entirely virtual in many countries, businesses have turned to cloud technologies to operate digitally, e-commerce has exploded and millions of consumers have experimented with financial technologies for the first time.
Nonetheless, Latin American governments must overcome major obstacles to reap the full benefits of digitalization. A significant challenge is a digital divide that has left many rural and low-income households with limited access to distance learning, telemedicine and banking services. Countries must also modernize regulatory systems to promote innovation while protecting privacy and safeguarding cybersecurity. A shortage of digital talent also threatens to slow progress. If governments can overcome these barriers, however, digitalization would accelerate pandemic recovery and help address structural challenges by diversifying economic activity and expanding access to critical goods and services.
Join the Wilson Center’s Latin American Program for a discussion on digital trade on Thursday, July 29, 2021, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm ET. This event is the third in a five-part series, “Going Digital,” co-sponsored by the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), featuring senior public officials from across Latin America and executives from leading regional and global and technology companies exploring how Latin American governments could deepen the digital transformation.
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