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Exclusive for entrepreneurs: “Skills are needed, not just knowledge”

The secretary of Labor and Social Welfare, Luisa María Alcalde Luján, agreed with young entrepreneurs that the teaching of technique and knowledge is not enough to fill the jobs required by the industry of the 21st century.

Young people as entrepreneurs

During the II Future Forum in Spanish “Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Competitiveness”, organized by Grupo Vocento and EL UNIVERSAL, the official stressed that Mexico is at a “decisive” moment in which the possibility of rethinking content and teaching methods for adapt them to the labor market and that, in this way, young people are not left out of technological innovation.

Gabriela Rocha, founder of Laboratorio México, and Moís Cherem Arana, co-founder of Bedu – startup in education – added that the skills and abilities required by today’s companies are not being obtained in formal education, so the challenge it consists in changing the paradigm of how new generations of the economically active population are trained.

The learning

“It is a process of error and learning. You have to study the mistakes to discover that people learn differently, at different rates, and that the most effective [class] classrooms are the ones that most closely resemble the real world”, said Rocha

Cherem Arana added: “Universities don’t have the speed it takes to create skills, ,so online education was a solution in the United States; However, afterwards it was discovered that the permanence of the online student is scarce. A mixed system, he says, is the answer.

Ariel Picker (left), CEO of Seguritech, and Ernesto Herrera, secretary of Economic Development and Labor of Yucatan, during the Security and Privacy panel in the Digital Era, in which it was emphasized that technology pays security.

Technology for security

At the Security and Privacy table in the Digital Age, Ariel Picker, President of Grupo Seguritech, stressed that technology is not only a tool for doing business, but also for fighting crime: “We can no longer depend on a policeman with a club , gun or patrol. We need to prevent and deter

“If I manage to prevent and deter there is no crime to prosecute. We at Seguritech have gone through several technological developments and we have in our budget, every year, the development of new technologies”, he said.

The businessman commented that information technology has advanced by leaps and bounds in the last 20 years: “Seguritech is the leading technology integration company for security and cybersecurity in Mexico

“It will launch this year the first constellation of low-orbit satellites to make video surveillance. It is the first company in Latin America to launch a constellation of low-orbit satellites”.

But these advances, Picker warned, should not lose sight of citizens who must be careful with their information, because current tools are enough even to recognize people’s faces without their knowledge.

Economic potential

In his presentation, the global president of Mapfre, Antonio Huertas, said that despite an environment of global deceleration affected by international trade tensions, there is optimism about the future of Mexico before its demographic bonus and geographical location

He stressed that Mexico has a wide potential in the insurance market, with a penetration of just 2.2%, considered the lowest in Latin America: “Mexico is among the 10 economies in the world with the largest protection gap in the insured market, it is that is, the difference between the real and the potential market ”

The president of Mapfre assured that the importance of the company in world insurance is not understood without this region of the world that represents 30% of its business; defended the importance of Spanish as a factor of union and growth in Latin American countries

For the manager, the main challenge of global companies is technological innovation with great advances in artificial intelligence, which has the potential to transform an era with strong impacts in the workplace. He said that companies should continue to place people at the center of their operation and that the main challenge for companies is to be truly sustainable.

The big ones also innovate

José Manuel Ramírez, director of Bimbo Ventures, considered: “We all need help in our growth processes and we can find this help within companies, but also outside them with talented people

“We created Bimbo Ventures, a program that relates us to an ecosystem of entrepreneurs and innovators. Although corporations have work teams focused on technology, they are not enough and we need (…) more creative”.

He commented that the bakery is committed to four fronts of innovation: ingredients and packaging, manufacturing efficiency, distribution and talent and technology. Having access to these types of innovations should not be exclusive to large firms, he said, as one of the objectives is to achieve the democratization of technology by sharing objectives, knowledge and experience.

“Today the data is the new oil. More data has been generated in the last 10 years than in the rest of the history of mankind. The point is to convert this data into valuable, searchable and, thus, knowledgeable information”, added Guillermo Garza, co-founder of Startup Mexico

Alicia Richart, director of the Spanish Association for Digitalization, and José Manuel Ramírez, director of Bimbo Ventures, participated in the Technological Revolution and Entrepreneurship panel.

Avoid excessive regulation

Faced with the development of innovative businesses and the strong growth of the digital economy, regulators, government and legislators must understand new business models to avoid excessive regulation that affects their development, said the commissioner of the Federal Competition Commission Economic (Cofece) Alejandro Faya.

“It is necessary that regulators, legislators and authorities understand the new phenomena. For rushing, for a risk aversion issue, for trying to resolve issues that are not understood, nothing is earned and many damages are generated. Digital markets with high innovation content do not work the same as traditional sectors”.

He pointed out that there is a discussion in the world about how technology companies and their business models should be regulated, where in some cases, self-regulation and reputational issues work better than traditional surveillance of authorities and laws.


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