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Colombia “has ceased to be an emerging country in technology,” MIT Technology Review in Spanish publisher Pedro Moneo said.
The South American country’s innovation and entrepreneurship environment is “developed and mature,” Moneo said.
Moneo spoke with Colombia.inn, a news agency operated by Efe, during the opening session Wednesday of EmTech Colombia 2014 in Medellin, a city in northwestern Colombia that is hosting the international conference for the second time.
EmTech Colombia 2014, which was organized by MIT Technology Review, drew 600 experts, investors and entrepreneurs to the city.
“Digital development” and the inclusion of technology in the schools have made Colombia’s transformation possible, Moneo said.
Information Technology and Communications Minister Diego Molano participated in the conference’s opening, telling participants that they should “take advantage of the infrastructure and connectivity to help digital companies grow.”
Colombia’s broadband connections grew to 8.2 million as of the fourth quarter of 2013, or nearly four times the 2.2 million in 2010, Molano said.
EmTech Colombia 2014, which ends on Thursday, is sponsored by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and organized by MIT Technology Review, a publication with more than 5 million readers in five languages.