Cuba: IT’s more than just cigars

From an article by David Pye, on Globe and Mail:

Despite being one of the world’s last standing communist regimes, Cuba has proved masterful at reinventing its economic priorities in troubled times.

Since 1991, Cuba’s information technology sector has been developing at warp speed and now consists of about 45,000 highly skilled workers, 38 per cent of whom have specialized degrees. More than 85 per cent of the country’s IT industry is concentrated in technical services and software development.

“We’ve been investing in this sector for the last 14 years and we now have highly skilled IT workers at every level,” says Luis Marin, general manager of Avante, the marketing arm of Cuba’s Ministry of Information Technology and Communications. “IT doesn’t require a lot of investment . . . except in human resources.”

This is interesting. Read the full article.

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2 thoughts on “Cuba: IT’s more than just cigars

  1. Cuba is a competitor for India. Our client says there is competition from Cuba, Vietnam and Russia (apart from China). You would think US is picking out former and present foes as its technology partners :-)

  2. I don’t know if the US will send work their way, but from the article it seems like other countries will. And the time zones will probably help, especially with South American markets. I could be wrong but I don’t think India’s a big player in that market anyway. But it will be interesting to see how this pans out.

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