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Panel 2: The on-demand economy: digital innovation and SMEs

The irruption of the on-demand economy has impacts on various markets, as well as on public transport, tourism and the outsourcing of services such as translation or accounting. The region has been taken by surprise in this area and policy responses have tended to be erratic and driven by circumstantial pressures. Involving SMEs actively in the creation and operation of applications in the on-demand economy would increase their chances of thriving. This panel will examine alternatives for absorbing this new reality into the economy and enhancing its effects on business productivity and consumer well-being, and will identify policy measures to help SMEs move in this direction.
Session |
Tue, 13/09/2016 - 11:45 to 13:15

Speaker: Mario Cimoli, Chief of the Division of Production, Productivity and Management of ECLAC

Moderator: Luis Cuervo, Representative for Latin America of the Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs of the European Commission

  • Claudio Maggi, Competitive Development Manager of the Chilean Economic Development Agency (CORFO)
  • Fernando Brum, president of the National Investigation and Innovation Agency of Uruguay
  • Ricardo Pompa, Advisors Coordinator of the National Digital Strategy of Mexico
  • Carlos Pallotti, Undersecretary for Technology and Production Services of the Ministry of Production of Argentina
  • Gonzalo Navarro, Executive Director of the Latin American Internet Association (ALAI)
  • Tomás O’Farrell, founding partner of Workana