“We can say that we are integrated, active, dreaming and also creating. This conference demonstrated that the Union of Computer Scientists of Cuba is a reality,” Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez stated on the closing day of the First National Conference of the organization.
Díaz-Canel highlighted the opportunity offered by the event to address motivations and yet to be realized aspirations, and to share ideas on how state and non-state entities can better work together.
The President also referred to the meeting held at Google’s New York office, as part of his visit to the United States, to participate in the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly.
Prior to the visit, he added, four memoranda of understanding were signed with Google to promote Cuban content. The Cuban entities that signed the memoranda were: the University of Computer Sciences; Infomed; the Ministry of Culture; and the Havana City Historian’s Office.
Díaz-Canel noted the importance of UIC working together with these institutions in promoting content management on digital platforms.
The Cuban President also referred to the Comprehensive Policy for the Perfecting of the Computerization of Cuban Society, approved by the Council of Ministers February 28, 2017, and associated with Guideline 108 of the country’s Economic and Social Policy, arising from the 7th Party Congress.
The Policy is the guiding document for the process of computerization of Cuban society, in a safe and sustainable manner, Díaz-Canel emphasized, and reiterated that the contribution of the UIC is decisive in this.
IN FIGURES (AT THE CLOSE OF AUGUST 2018)
- More than 5.9 million users with Internet access
- More than 1,827,000 permanent Nauta internet navigation accounts
- More than 2,838,000 Nauta email accounts
- 51,728 Nauta Hogar home internet accounts
- 32,143 data links to connect entities
- 710 new 3G sites have been installed, covering 65.8% of the population
- 755 ETECSA public Wi-Fi zones
- 211 Internet navigation centers
- 936 ATMs in 68 municipalities
- 4 multifunctional ATMs for currency exchange
- 7 ATMs offering the possibility of making deposits
Source: Ministry of Communications and ETECSA
Guideline 108: Gradually advance, as economic conditions permit, in the process of the computerization of society, the development of telecommunications infrastructure and the computer applications and services industry. Support this with a cybersecurity system that protects our technological sovereignty and ensures the combating of the illegal use of information and communication technologies. Implement international collaboration mechanisms in this field.