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Informatics 2024 Convention shows Cuba’s breakthrough in ICTs

Havana, Mar 23 (Prensa Latina) A variety of issues concerning ICTs marked the work of experts at the 19th International Convention and Fair Informatics 2024, which served as a stage to expose Cuba’s present and future in the sector.

The forum, held since Monday, March 18 at the Havana International Conference Center (HICC) and the Pabexpo fairgrounds, was attended by over 1,000 delegates and exhibitors from 22 countries, who spoke and exchanged on Artificial Intelligence, cyber security, fifth-generation network (5G) and digital transformation.

Exhibiting services related to Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) has been the convention’s core; indeed, the exhibition fair had 49 stands, including 37 nationals, some 15 small and medium-sized companies and a dozen foreign companies from Canada, China, Germany, Iran, Italy, Mexico, Panama, Russia, Spain, Suriname and Venezuela.

After six years, the exhibition space returned to the on-site modality and was attended on its first day by President Miguel Diaz Canel, who toured the facility and saw first-hand the proposals of state institutions, universities, science and research, technology and innovation centers and private entities, which were also sponsors of the event.

In that regard, Cuba’s Minister of Communications Mayra Arevich told exclusively to Prensa Latina that Cuba is committed to the breakthrough of software and the transformation of society towards greater digitization with the participation of all the economy actors.

“The software domestic industry has to be enhanced by participating with each economic actor, so that it will allow greater participation in the advancement of ICTs, the talent of young computer scientists trained by the Revolution,” she noted.

The exhibition encounter’s Executive Secretary Ariadne Plascencia told Prensa Latina that the next exhibition will take place in 2026, with a different context related to ICTs, since Cuba’s Digital Agenda must be approved next April.

“That agenda will contain the projects to bolster software and technologies in Cuba towards which all domestic efforts of the sector must be directed.”

The 20th International Convention and Fair, Informatics 2026, will be held from March 23 to 27, 2026, at the Havana International Conference Center (HICC) and Pabexpo.