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Information technologies key to world future

Article - November 2, 2012
Mexican son of world's richest man bets on IT software as means to take a "huge leap forward" in Mexico
Carlos Slim Domit is not just the son of the world’s richest person. He is also a prime global mover of telecommunications and software activity in Mexico.

Following the G20 summit in Mexico this June, Mr Slim stressed the need for investment in “more robust” online networks to produce improvements in the quality of service and develop content in education, health and other social matters “which are extremely important for the sustainable development of our country.”

“New technologies and innovation allow ourselves to make a big leap forward that in another era would have taken us several generations.”

Carlos Slim Domit,
President of Grupo Carso
Mr Slim pointed out that “new technologies and innovation allow ourselves to make a big leap forward that in another era would have taken us several generations.”

He is also president of Grupo Carso, one of Mexico’s biggest and most important conglomerates, controlling and operating a great variety of companies in the commercial, industrial and consumer fields.

But Mr Slim’s basic philosophy, as he said during the G20 closing session, is that “in the new era that we are living these days, all societies are fundamentally based, as a kind of nervous system, on information technologies.”

Mr Slim was in fact president of one of the G20’s Task Forces, appointed by the president of the B20 private sector business summit organising committee Alejandro Ramírez, and he was able to meet with many global telecommunications leaders. The B20 is held just before the main G20 summit.

Mr Slim said that telecommunications “is an extremely important pillar to reduce the digital gap that exists today.” His Task Force dedicated itself to stimulating investment and boosting competition in the sector, by focusing on five transcendental core themes.

Mr Slim said the first was the need to have broadband for everybody. The second theme was the need to incorporate the development and innovation of content and applications to stimulate development and innovation.

He said the third was the concept of cyber security for all, explaining it meant the need for security on the networks, in other words protection for people, companies and countries on the networks.

The fourth theme, Mr Slim explained, was the development of content and applications, but without ignoring intellectual property rights. “The broadband environment should be one of broad access, but with respect for intellectual property rights,” he explained. “This allows new developers to know that they have protection, or that they can be in environments that respect legality.”

Mr Slim added that “the final point was to stimulate investment, to take measures to stimulate investment, the growth of the industry and the use of networks for all the services that can give better content and applications, as well as improve conditions for users.”