Costa Rica Technology Insight, the most important Digital Technologies event in Central America and the Caribbean brought together more than 70 Costa Rican companies with at least 100 international enterprises from countries like US, India, France, China, Mexico, Spain, Panama and more this past June 19-20.
International invitees to the Costa Rica Technology Insight event included businessmen who are looking for suppliers, strategic partners in areas such as Web applications, and other services. In the past The Costa Rica Star reported on this event.
Other areas included outsourcing of services for multimedia projects, video games and digital animation, mobile application development, network services and telecommunications, mobile and fixed data centers, business intelligence, design and development of vertical market applications (financial services, trade, health, tourism, government, etc..) software development and testing, among others.
This important event was made possible by the Foreign Trade Promoter (PROCOMER), the power behind almost every successful strategy to support the Technology sector in Costa Rica.
It was also possible thanks to the Chamber of Information Technology and Communication (CAMTIC).
These and other initiatives promoted by entities like PROCOMER, make it possible for Costa Rica to be the number one exporter of advanced technology in Latin America and the fourth, globally, according to the World Development Indicator of 2011. Costa Rica is also considered the most innovative country in Latin America according to the Global Competitiveness Report 2011-2012 of the World Economic Forum.
PROCOMER’s CEO, Jorge Sequeira believes this event marks and emphasizes the rise of the information technology and digital animation industries in Costa Rica which have witnessed an unprecedented growth during the past few years.
“This event is part of a broader vision that includes a series of activities, including participation in international fairs, commercial development missions, market research, and training.”
Alexander Mora, president of CAMTIC also expressed they are moving forward in exploring new opportunities to support creative and innovative activities in Costa Rica with the objective of exporting these initiatives thanks to strategic business alliances between COMEX, PROCOMER, BCR, CAMTIC and other important business chambers in the country.
Three keynotes with local and international speakers provided a broader scope into the theme of this year’s Costa Rica Technology Insight, which were: Intellectual Property, Innovation and Technology Transfer.
In addition, the event featured business sessions where different entrepreneurs had the opportunity to showcase their services and establish strategic alliances along within a ‘Networking Room’, a place where companies continued their negotiations.
PROCOMER’s main mission (PDF) is to aid Costa Rica’s development by promoting, strengthening, and diversifying national exports. Their goals include the attraction of US $9 billion in foreign direct investment for the period 2010-2014, and the goal of reaching US $17 billion on exports of goods and services for 2014.