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Economic and political context influences ICT investment in Latin America, says Colombian Internexa

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Elections, political instability, inflation and a difficult macroeconomic scenario are forcing companies to be more cautious when investing in digital transformation in Latin America.

“People are not so optimistic today,” said Jairo Guzmán (pictured) BNamericas, director of market for Colombian Internexa, a wholesale telecom operator that has been offering telecom services and technology to companies for several years.

Guzmán pointed out that recent government changes in Colombia, Chile and – last year – Peru have caused companies to be more cautious about investments. In Colombia, in particular, there was a slowdown between the first and second rounds of elections.

Today, Brazil is in the midst of an electoral process, with a second round of presidential elections set for October 30, and Argentina, mired in an economic crisis, will hold elections in 2023.

In a report published this Wednesday (19), ECLAC predicts the region will grow by 3.2% in 2022, higher than its estimate in August, although the agency forecasts a slowdown to 1.4% next year.

“Throughout Latin America there is this polarization [política] which is not good for companies and [nem] for public policy that advances issues such as digital transformation,” Guzman said.

Despite this context, the chief ensures that there are companies that are embracing the opportunities offered by technology and emphasizes that the medium-term scenario seems more optimistic.

“You can slow down [o investimento em tecnologia]but cannot stop it,” he added.

In particular, the CEO sees opportunities in 100% digital challenges such as the metaverse, blockchain and cloud, as well as in the development of basic telecommunications infrastructure, accompanied by government interest in digital inclusion.

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In addition, Guzmán anticipates huge potential due to the size and power of the Latin American workforce, which is already exporting its work to other latitudes.

“We [como latino-americanos] we could quickly reach the pinnacle of digital transformation. However, the fear of political and economic change means that companies, especially the more traditional ones, are more prone to prevention than action,” he added. Meanwhile, more digital companies are embracing the opportunities.

In addition, a weak exchange rate makes imported products more expensive, which, coupled with the container and semiconductor crisis, has disrupted the production chain.

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Despite the current difficulties, Internexa continues to grow, especially among small and medium-sized companies. The company is currently focused on reaching this underserved segment and is adding about 12 customers per month.

According to him, about 200 new customers appear annually in all segments.

“There are two factors that play in our favor. First, we are new to this business, which is why we are able to attract underserved companies. Secondly, we have a presence at the regional level, and one country can compensate for the instability that exists in others,” Guzman concluded.

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“I will contribute to the political future of my country”

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"I will contribute to the political future of my country"

ISabel dos Santos, a businesswoman who has been issued an international arrest warrant by Interpol at the request of the Angolan government, claims that she, like her family, is the target of “political persecution”. In an interview with TVI/CNN, he also accuses Attorney General of Angola on “receiving an order from President João Lourenço”.

Neither party reveals where the conversation is taking place, the businesswoman uses the term justice – a form of warfare in which the law is used as a weapon to justify the charges against him in Angola. “The law is used to fight an economic or political adversary”she says, emphasizing that “you don’t want competition in politics in Angola” and placing herself in the role of Joao Lourenço’s political opponent.

Asked if she has political ambitions in her country, she opens the door for her candidacy. “I have no doubt that in one way or another I will contribute to the political future of my country”he guarantees by listing the main problems of the country, such as social issues and fertility issues.

“I believe that the political parties in power and the opposition do not look at these issues. No vision, no plan”he says, adding that he is striving for “another country.”

“When I arrived [à Sonagol] there was no money to pay wages”

Taking into account SonangolJosé Eduardo dos Santos’s daughter says that at the time the Angolan State Ministry asked one of its companies to provide advice on “the restructuring of the oil sector” and that she was “personally invited to serve as chairman of the non-executive board.” directors.” “When I arrived, there was no money to pay wages”he says, saying that the company was known to be “bankrupt”.

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“What I want today is an acknowledgment from PGR and the government that this story about no consultants being there and not getting paid is not true. And what is very annoying is that they use this very story to then issue either warrants, or restrictive maneuvers, or even arrests.”He says.

already about Luanda Leaks, says that “it was João Lourenzo’s design” and that he has proof of what he claims. “Who reads 715,000 documents? It’s impossible. And to date, no one has seen them. We saw 140 and most of them are completely harmless,” he says.

Never been asked to “invest in Portugal”

As regards the case of Portugal, he says that relations with the country have always been “through private investment” that there have never been specific requests – from the government of Portugal – “to invest in Portugal” and who doesn’t know if phone call from the coast – it happened because of her.

When asked about her connection with Russia, Isabelle dos Santos spoke about the culture and history of this country, and when asked if she was thinking about moving to Russia, Isabelle dos Santos answered only that she had a “special attachment” to this country. “This is my mother’s land. Therefore, this is a place where I have a family and which I respect a lot, with a phenomenal culture,” he said.

Regarding the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, he replied that he hoped that the conflict would be resolved. “Peace matters to everyone”he concluded.

Recall that the Attorney General of the Republic of Angola vowed on Monday that the trial against Isabel dos Santos would move forwardeven if the businesswoman does not make statements under the international arrest warrant requested by the Angolan authorities.

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Helder Pitta Gros, speaking in Luanda on the sidelines of a Board of Directors meeting, said he did not know the whereabouts of the daughter of the former President of Angola, and claims that several attempts were made to interrogate the businesswoman, who, in an interview with the German broadcaster DW and on her social networks, she always insisted on the fact that she is ready to clarify the “untruth” about her, saying that she is not interesting to listen to.

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With PT’s imminent support for Lira, Lula launches a political operation to unblock the PEC.

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Chairman of the Chamber of Deputies Artur Lira. welcomes President-elect Luiz Inácio Lulu da Silva. Photo: José Cruz/Arquivo Agência Brasil
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Returning to Brasilia, President-elect of the Republic, Luis Inacio Lula da Silvatook over the first political commands responsible for the “overall coordination” of the transition: he authorized the PT to conclude an agreement on the resumption Arthur Lyra (PP-AL) to the President of the House and invited allied parliamentarians to submit a PEC that would free up space for social spending – just like the draft presented by Vice President-elect Geraldo Alkmin, leaders of both chambers.

The text, vehemently rejected by the market, provides for a “waiver” of 175 billion reais and an additional exemption from the public investment ceiling of 22 billion reais. The term for exclusion of social programs from the budget rules remains equal to 4 years.

The idea behind the Lulista headquarters is to delegate to the Legislature the changes in values ​​and deadlines requested by the elected government, a reduction process that is most likely today among deputies and senators.

According to Lula, the two measures taken this Monday (November 28) serve to “unblock” the process, as there are concerns about the final procedure before December 15, the date when the Bolsa Família payments of 600 reais will be made from January. .

Despite practical arrangements, Lula’s return to the Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil (CCBB), headquarters of the transition group’s offices, was marked by the president-elect’s demands for assistants involved in the creation of the 31 thematic groups. Petista wants detailed reports by region and with numbers that show the severity of the problems he claims he inherited from Jair Bolsonaro.

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Lulu worries about the availability of resources to maintain basic services. According to his closest advisers, the discussion of the backbone of the PEC with Congress should take into account the problems of its management, in addition to simply guaranteeing the continuity of social programs.

The plan recommended by Lula is for working group representatives to make public presentations of the data and explain the bottlenecks of each folder, just as the health diagnostics team did. The next board to comment on the lack of resources and operational challenges in the area in January will be Education on Tuesday (11/29).

Lula told allies it was important that congressmen decide that the PEC would be fully aware of what he calls “the dramatic picture of the federal machine” in 2023. “We are not asking for much, given the cursed legacy. We ask for what is needed. And this should be clear to Congress, which has its own claims, and they are legal. The budgetary framework is the worst possible,” he tells reporters. WHOM source is aware of these negotiations.

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The participation of Fernando Haddad, who accompanies Lula on his trip to the capital, in political meetings with parties not part of the winning coalition but “meeting” with the future government base, is further evidence that the president-elect is still working with the priority hypothesis. political profile for the Ministry of Finance.

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Lula’s interlocutors interpreted Haddad’s participation in Friday’s Febraban dinner as a “trap” for bankers who want to take the former Sao Paulo mayor out of the race for the treasury.

Haddad’s vague speech, which caused the stock market to crash and the dollar to rise, was deemed “relevant” by Lula precisely because it confirms what the president-elect was saying to this public in a financial system that prioritizes the economy. growth with robust social investment at the expense of fiscal austerity.

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Elite politician and businessman arrested on charges of murdering his wife

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Last September, the politician gave an interview about the murder of his wife (ANN archive)

Monday (28) police announced the arrest political, Representative of the Legislative Assembly of Nagano Prefecture 丸山大輔, 48, as a suspect in the murder of his wife希美, aged 47, was found dead on September 29 last year on the first floor of a house next to the sake factory in Shiojiri (Nagano).

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According to policea politician’s wife died of asphyxiation caused by asphyxiation and the estimated time of death was in the early morning of the same day.

The husband was excluded from the number of suspects in murder because it was alibisaying that he was in the House of Representatives because there was a meeting in the morning.

husband and political who was arrested, was born into a sake-producing family founded in 1883, and graduated from the economics department of the renowned Keio University.

A member of the Liberal Democratic Party (PLD), he began his career as a legislator for the city of Shiojiri in 2015 and was elected as a provincial representative in 2019. Nagano.

As Nozomi’s wife was lying near the office safe, it was suspected that she wanted the money, but doubts were in the air as there was no sign that it had been broken into from the inside.

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After the fall alibia police analyze that an elite politician and businessman acted alone, but did not say whether he suspected suspicion of murder.

In connection with death wifeabout political gave several interviews, saying “I have no idea who is to blame and I can’t help but get angry. I urge (the culprit) to surrender.”

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