The Swedish Vice-Minister for Digitalization Alf Karlsson headed up a delegation to inaugurate the event and gave an opening speech on the importance of governmental infrastructure for boosting innovation and how our modern entrepreneurial eco-system has helped position Sweden as one of the world´s most innovative countries.
The opening speech was followed by presentations from professors from Stockholm School of Economics and the ITAM University of Mexico, Swedish companies such as iZettle, Instantor, Cornershop, as well as Mexican startups. All presentations focused on new Internet and Communications Technologies but approached the theme in different ways due to the speakers’ backgrounds and areas of work. The event was rounded off with a panel discussion moderated by Mårten Wilkens, Business Sweden Mexico with the participation of further dignitaries including Fernando Borjón, General Director of PROMTEL - Mexican Promoting Body of Investment in Telecommunications, Adriana Sofia Labardini, Commissioner of the Federal Institute of Telecommunications (IFT) and Head of OECD Latin America Roberto Martinez participated. The event provided a forum for government representatives, tech company representatives and academics to discuss experiences and plans for digital development, which could become integral for digital inclusion in Mexico.
The event concluded a year-long collaboration with Ericsson, where Business Sweden supported the former in positioning itself as a prominent technology provider before the winning consortia of the Red Compartida procurement, the creation of a nationwide shared mobile network through a public-private partnership that forms part of President Peña Nieto´s Telecom Reform, and relevant authorities or stakeholders. In addition to the event in November, Business Sweden organized a VIP-luncheon dedicated to ICT and digital financial inclusion in conjunction with the OECD 2016 Ministerial Meeting on the Digital Economy that was held in Cancun. The events carried out have given Ericsson appropriate exposure and involvement in “the conversations that matter” and opportunities to present to both stakeholders and the public how its technologies can be used to promote social benefits through digital and financial inclusion in Mexico and other countries.
Ericsson being selected as a technology provider to the winning consortium means increased export revenues and a vehicle for job creation and tax income for Sweden, while promoting the same positive impact in Mexico. This will further improve the basis for economic cooperation and historically strong diplomatic ties. The deal could be worth several billion SEK, which would make it one of the largest (single) export deals in Swedish history.