Latin America and the Caribbean will need an additional 2.5 million ICT professionals in the next five years, says expert

During the first LAC ICT Talent Summit organized by Huawei, UNESCO and EFE, digital and education sector leaders highlighted that cultivating the digital talent pool is the cornerstone of successful digital transformation.

Mexico CityAnd the November 24, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Latin america and the Caribbean An additional 2.5 million ICT professionals will be needed by 2026, an industry executive said Thursday at the LAC ICT Talent Summit jointly organized by Huawei, UNESCO and EFE, citing research findings by international consulting firm IDC.

There are an estimated 6.3 million professionals with digital skills covering core and emerging roles, according to shared insights at the LAC ICT Talent Summit organized by Huawei, UNESCO and EFE with support from UNAM.

The IDC report estimates that an additional 2.5 million ICT-related professionals will be needed by 2026, and that demand for emerging new digital business-oriented roles will grow faster than those traditional IT jobs.

He said, “We are witnessing a rapid digital economy, which means that the digital sector not only represents, but contributes and transforms a larger and larger proportion of the total economic output, and digital talent is the cornerstone of the digital economy.” Michael XueVice President, Huawei Latin America, and Caribbean.

During the two days of discussions, academics, policymakers, business leaders, university students and representatives of international organizations covered topics such as the present and future of education, technology and digital transformation, the labor market for ICT professionals and the challenges facing countries in the region to meet the demand for qualified personnel and digital skills.

The Covid-19 pandemic has demonstrated the urgent need to bridge the digital divide and make digital content, technology and connectivity available to all,” He said Claudia UribeDirector of OREALC, UNESCO.

By 2025, the economic impact of the global IT skills gap may reach 1 trillion US dollarsCompared with the 775 billion US dollars Forecasts by the end of 2022. l Latin americathis effect can represent approx 50 billion US dollars By 2025, which means at least 1 percent of regional GDP for the same year, the IDC report said.

Guests at the summit forum said that these figures will also mean challenges for regional countries to capitalize on growth and realize growth opportunities and that the only way forward is for all stakeholders to work together to grow the digital talent pool and bridge the digital talent gaps, both in terms of pool and skills.

The conference participants, which brought together about 100 experts and 150 students, discussed the interactions of the various parties in the talent ecosystem. Universities and institutes are training the workforce of the future and their infrastructure or capabilities will be enhanced in alliance with the private sector. Companies hire people, so they know the required specialties and at the same time companies are shaping the younger generation. Meanwhile, governments play a major role in promoting best practices and setting policies.

As a leading global ICT company, Huawei is the employer and, at the same time, nurtures one of the world’s largest pool of top ICT talent. The company has 197,000 employees worldwide, more than half of whom are in research and development.

The company has launched many talent initiatives globally. in Latin america and the CaribbeanOver the past years, Huawei has helped train 50,000 talents. It has launched the region’s flagship Seeds for the Future program since 2014, offering around 1,800 scholarships for students to receive intensive training and visit the company’s headquarters in Shenzhen in the south China. It has also partnered with nearly 400 universities providing capacity building through the Huawei ICT Academy programme. Many students from the region also participated in the Huawei Global ICT Competition.

“We are committed to growing the digital talent pool in the region and believe in its existence Latin america and the Caribbean for Latin america and the Caribbean“,” Chu Danjin, President of Huawei Latin America. “I believe we will have a role to play in growing the regional digital talent pool. As for us, we can – through our various programs and initiatives – provide the younger generation with exposure to much-needed trends and technologies such as cloud, artificial intelligence, IoT and data science.”

Organized by Huawei, OREALC and EFE, the LAC ICT Talent Summit aims to be a multilateral platform to lead joint efforts in Latin america and the Caribbean To grow the regional digital talent pool in response to the demand generated by ever faster digital transformation.

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