BY: LILIAN AGOSTO

Security, technology implementation in the agencies and emphasis on collaboration in the industry were three of the main issues addressed by representatives of the Government of Puerto Rico at the CIO & IT Leadership Conference of the Puerto Rico Information Technology Cluster.

Several government leaders presented their main missions with the idea of ​​promoting Puerto Rico as a destination for the technology sector and creating a governance structure with an emphasis on this industry.

Governor of Puerto Rico Ricardo Rosselló

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Collaboration between sectors

Ricardo Rosselló, emphasized the collaboration of all sectors that can help to improve the country in a creative and trans-formative way.

In addition, the secretary of the Department of Economic Development of Puerto Rico (DDEC), Manuel Laboy, said that it is relevant for the country to become a destination for the technology industry. For this reason, he emphasized promoting changes that strengthen incentive laws for small and medium-sized traders.

Security in cyberspace

Cybersecurity is one of the biggest concerns, said Luis Arocho, Chief Information Officer of Puerto Rico. For this reason, Arocho specified that the government should have technological specialists from various branches such as education, health, contracts and security, among others. Education and health are two priorities that the CIO is working with in the area of ​​technology, according to Arocho.

Luis Arocho

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Integration of agencies

Both, Arocho and Rosselló, detailed the importance of having trained personnel to strengthen the implementation of technology in government. That is why they both named Puerto Rico Innovation and Technology Services (PRITS) as a response to the integration of agencies with the support and skills of local talent.

“We have created the Puerto Rico Innovation and Technology Services to have a group of the best minds inside and outside the government who can collaborate on different topics. This for me is urgent and indispensable,” Rosselló said.

For his part, Angel Quiñones, director of Deloitte Consulting LLP, said that the possibility of making innovations in the governance structure is fundamental to develop improvements in agencies.

Quiñones said that leadership, organization and management are the keys to achieving success in a technological implementation at the governmental level.

INVID CIO

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