US Ambassador visits Santex premises in Cordoba to discuss the importance of ties between Argentina and the US

[Press Release]

Cordoba, Argentina – June 8th, 2015

Noah Mamet, the United States Ambassador in Argentina visited one of our major development centers located in Cordoba. The Ambassador was accompanied by Yamilee Bastien, Commercial Attaché at the Embassy.

Ambassador Mamet addressed important observations about the U.S. – Argentina relationship and stated that Cordoba is a promising technology hub, rich in talent and tech start-ups. During the visit, the dynamic and creative economy of the Province together with the strong technology field and the developed entrepreneur ecosystem were mentioned as key aspects which are accelerating Cordoba’s position on the global arena.

This visit was part of an official tour the Ambassador is taking on to strengthen relations between the country’s provinces, its people and the United States.

Santex welcomed different technological entrepreneurs at its “Tech Pub” to share experiences with the US delegation, where Mamet gave advice and discussed different programs that encourage bilateral initiatives.

Juan Santiago, CEO & Co-Founder of Santex, shared his experience both undertaking his own company as well as supporting local entrepreneurs stating his confidence in the high skilled resources, the cultural proximity and the creativity that Argentinians bring to the table as the main differentiators.

Because of trade and talented people, future economic prospects between the U.S. and Argentina are bright. According to the Ambassador there are a lot of US Companies that are ready to invest in the country. He stressed the potential he is seeing in some of the most important sectors like telecommunications, informatics and agriculture. “Argentina is on the rise”, said Ambassador Mamet.

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What makes Argentina special?

The Talent

  • Argentina has a high level of educated workers with formalized education. Indeed, over 70% of workers have pursued university education with as many as 50% of those obtaining computing related degrees.
  • Approximately 90,000 international students come to study in Argentina each year, more than any other Latin American country.
  • Over 30,000 of these students are from Europe, the US and Asia, with attractions including the high quality of courses, affordable living costs and the chance to become proficient in speaking Spanish.
  • Argentina has a very talented pool of technically savvy and well-educated resources ready for work. During the dot-com boom, the country was home to approximately 65 percent of the design and implementation work of most regional Internet startups. Argentina has a highly educated skilled workforce, a robust telecom network, and an abundant supply of office-space. Moreover, a team from the National University of Buenos Aires beat important groups like Harvard, Stanford and San Pablo universities in the last international Programming contest.

A Technology Pool

  • The ICT sector in Argentina has been growing without interruption, thus being positioned within the high performing countries.
  • World-class companies such as Oracle, Microsoft, IBM, Motorola, Intel, stand out in Argentina by the stimulus they have given to the development of local companies and the level of innovation shown in different projects; and furthermore, for the development centers that some of these companies have established in our country.
  • Sustained increase of the budgets allocated to Science & Technology and Higher Education.
  • Argentina promotes collaboration between the development of science and technology and the innovation of productive sectors. Following this purpose, the Government has created different programs.
  • Argentina is currently ranking at the global level as a nation with a superlative performance in its ICT sector. It is also known for its high level of consumption of technological products and services, which accounts for the importance in the use and dissemination of these new technologies in the country. Argentina has an important place within software and computing related services.

Argentine Culture

  • According to the English Proficiency Index, Argentina is number 15 in the world, and number 1 in LATAM.
  • The culture of Argentina has a European flavor that will is familiar to most North Americans.
  • Argentinians, like Americans, approach their work and life in general with a can-do attitude. Their knack for discovering innovative solutions is a direct result of their desire to make things work with the tools and materials at their disposal. WE MAKE IT WORK!

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