The Academia and the private sector on the Conpes document – “Data exploitation policy”

Recognizing the important role of the Academia in the development of this policy and assessing the vast road ahead, Marco Peres, director of our House of Studies’ Government, Society, and Information Technologies Observatory, invited universities to "reinvent themselves with data."

In April 2018, the National Government approved Conpes document 3920 outlining the policy for the exploitation of data (Big Data), making Colombia the first country in Latin America to have a public policy on this issue.

In light of the above, and taking into account its current relevance, the academia, the private sector, and the National and District governments held the “First Forum on National Policy for the Exploitation of Data, with the goal of identifying the challenges and opportunities resulting from the implementation of this policy.

The event, held at the Externado de Colombia University, was organized by our House of Studies Society, Government, and Information Technologies Observatory together with the National Planning Department (DNP).

The event featured an introductory review of the document, highlighting the significance of data in society, its added value in social and economic issues, and the role of local governments, the academia, and the private sector in the document compliance.

According to Santiago Pinzón, Vice President of Digital Transformation at ANDI (National Association of Industrialists), the Association goal is that, in Colombia, entrepreneurs become digital and to accomplish this end, is working on five key factors: digital connectivity, digital ecosystem, digital talent, digital economy, and e-Government.

“We need to see how we can achieve this change in mentality. This document is an opportunity to improve shopping and improve information; it is an opportunity to help the public sector and have intelligent territories,” he added.

For his part, Professor-researcher Marco Peres acknowledged data culture is new to the Externado and is just now heading in that direction. Thus, it would be irresponsible to tell Bogotá how to use data, how to design parks, and how to protect the environment with this new resource.”

The event also included a panel discussion featuring Juliana Ramirez, DNP Communications Branch contractor; Mauricio Montesdeoca, commercial director of SKG Technology; Sergio Martínez, Senior ICT Bogotá District Advisor, and Frank Ramírez, ICT Secretary of the Governor of the Valle del Cauca.

Also, attendees had the opportunity to participate in a space designed for presenting ideas to assist in the implementation of the plan of action contained in the Conpes document 3920.