Medellín continues to demonstrate its progress in terms of innovation and leadership in new technologies for Colombia and the region. A priority also being driven by the National Government.
The Center will support the development of policy frameworks for the technological transformation of the country and Latin America under broad schemes of collaboration between the public, private, social and academic sectors. The vision of the Center and its articulation with the global networks of the World Economic Forum will aim towards the maximization of the social and economic benefits of the new technologies.
In technical meetings with José Manuel Restrepo, Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism of Colombia; Federico Gutierrez Zuluaga, Mayor of Medellín; Flavia Santoro, President of Procolombia; Marisol Argueta, Head of Latin America and Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum; Diego Bustamante and Nima Elmi, from the same organization, the capital of Antioquia was chosen as the headquarters for this important initiative.
A joint work plan has been established and it is expected that President Iván Duque and Mayor Federico Gutiérrez formalize it in the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, to be held in January of next year. This is one of the meetings most important of the global agenda.
Working groups were defined to structure official agreements and get them ready to be signed in Davos, Switzerland, in January next year during the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum. The office will be located in Ruta N and will provide service for Colombia and Latin America.
The concept of the Fourth Industrial Revolution is one of the topics widely developed by the World Economic Forum, its founder Klaus Schwab and other recognized academics, global leaders and organizations. It states that if the third industrial revolution is the digital revolution which has been in force since the mid-twentieth century, this new stage is characterized by a fusion of technologies blurring the lines between the physical, digital and biological spheres, and is marked by technological advances emerging in fields which include robotics, artificial intelligence, blockchain, nanotechnology, quantum computing, biotechnology, the internet of things, 3D printing, among others. This new revolution is irreversibly impacting society, the economy, the government and individuals.