Following the inauguration of Canieti’s 37th Annual National Convention in Mexico City, day two included 11 presentations that comprehensively explored new public policies for Industry 4.0 and the importance of ICT in Mexico’s manufacturing industry.

Additionally, speakers presented an analysis of public policy in IT, provided updates on the state of Mexico’s digital economy, touched upon cybersecurity, and broke down the regulations that will lead to the future deployment of infrastructure to reduce the country’s digital divide.

The event had an audience of over 500 attendees and more than 3,500 national and international users were connected via streaming, breaking all previous attendance records.

Preparing the Country for Industry 4.0

In his message, Canieti’s president, Mario de la Cruz, said the development of modern infrastructure and adequate telecommunications is the key to developing Industry 4.0. He stressed that the number of Internet users in Mexico will increase by 20 million to reach 84 million Mexicans by 2020, with 369 million devices expected to be connected by the same year, so the country has to be ready.

Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal, Secretary of Economy (SE), highlighted in his speech the economic prospects of Industry 4.0, mentioning that with the creation of five new production plants with advanced manufacturing, Mexico has gone from seventh to fifth place in global vehicle manufacturing.

Moreover, Enrique Jacob Rocha, President of the National Institute of Entrepreneurship, spoke about the reality of entrepreneurship and innovation in Mexico. He mentioned that Mexico has the highest level of innovation and competitiveness, with CDMX, Jalisco, State of Mexico and Nuevo Leon covering 55% of all applications for invention.

The Importance of Entrepreneurs & SMEs

The Ministry of Economy has been making efforts to generate a better ecosystem for SMEs to participate and take advantage of the fourth industrial revolution, so a continued focus on public policies and support programs for entrepreneurs will be vital.

During Jacob Rocha’s presentation, he noted that the achievements of the Entrepreneur Support Network include 35 successful venture capital funds and more than 12,000 entrepreneurial projects have been achieved with the Emprende Fácil (Easy Embark) platform, which gives applicants 50,000 pesos to start a business.

He concluded by pointing out the need to properly disseminate the tools available and help SMEs and startups to jump on the chain, linking them to what is planned for Industry 4.0.

Addressing Cybercrime

Another issue presented was the importance of cybersecurity because Mexico requires skilled human capital from basic education, to meet the challenges that will bring the fourth industrial revolution and which results in the development of cybersecurity measures, concluded experts the theme.

According to cyber police, annual losses from cybercrime in Mexico amounted to US$3 billion. Lagunes Victor Soto, head of the Innovation and Technology Strategy Presidency of the Republic, said the country was placed in 17th place worldwide in terms of losses from cybercrime.

Globally, annual losses from cyber crime are between 375 billion and 575 billion dollars. Lagunes said that since 2012 Mexico has had about 111 000 741 computer incidents.

The cyber police, together with technology companies and public universities, has signed partnership agreements to jointly confront possible attacks infrastructure both government and the companies themselves, in addition to protecting citizens.

Closing the Event

Ramping down proceedings, Maricarmen Cortes, Marco Mares, and Joseph Yuste presented a political panorama of Mexico’s economic course through to 2018, in which it was estimated that economic growth will range between 2.8 and 3.0%.

One of the main aspects that will continue to grow is the need to develop talent and the inclusion of women in ICT. “In Canieti, we are developing concrete actions in this regard, as we seek closer links with academia to generate enough talent with the right skills,” said Mario de la Cruz.

It was concluded that both industry and government should be moving towards Industry 4.0 in order to find the best solutions that can be adapted to the country, ultimately ensuring the right conditions to harness opportunities in the Digital Economy.