HAVANA._ Every year hundreds of Cuban students graduate from the universitylevel computer engineering course.

In spite of a scarcity of resources and internet restrictions imposed by the enforcement of the more than 50-year old U.S. blockade, Cuba is making noteworthy efforts to ensure a greater degree of social and economic computerization and automation, including that of the National Health System.

For more than a decade now, the University of Computer Sciences (UCS) has been producing a broad range of applications and computation services for different economic and service sectors within the country.

Luis Rodriguez, the institution’s business director, told The Havana Reporter that their commercial portfolio is focused on 5 high-impact sectors: industry, education, health, telematics, and public administration.

Their range of products includes the Genesig platform, a management system for the Attorney General and the Nova operating system, which facilitates the transfer of telematic services of Cuban odies to free and sovereign software systems.

Every year hundreds of Cuban students graduate from the universitylevel computer engineering course.The UCS is similarly engaged in the computerization and automation of various Cuban entities, including the health services sector, the judicial system, and the development of search engines.

The university is currently seeking to place its leading lines on the international market and to create a number of strategic alliances that will strengthen it as a productive training center and exporter of computer products and services.

Meanwhile, Daniel Aisemberg, director of the Evaluando Software company, said that Cuba has one of Latin America’s most important training centers.

Thousands of computer engineers graduate from Havana’s Jose Antonio Echeverria Higher Polytechnic Institute and UCS; something that, according to the Argentinean businessman, needs to be shown to the world.

Ecuadorian Ernesto Kruger, executive president and founder of the innovation projects enterprise Kruger, which has undertaken renowned projects in the U.S., Hong Kong, and Central America for over 20 years, spoke along similar lines.

The Latin American expert noted that “Cuba has a wealth of human talent in the field of information technology.”

In fact, Cuban-made software products are employed with notable degrees of success in various countries.

Sections of the Bolivian business community have expressed interest in increased collaboration with the Cuban software industry.

System engineer Marcelo Antezana, who represents the Netics de Bolivia firm, said that integrated projects for the implementation of information solutions based on Cuban software had been underway since 2010.

He added that “we have shown the technical, economical, and legal feasibility of selling Cuban software in an integrated manner in Bolivia.”

Among other things, the engineer referred to the development of a Cuban software-based border control system, passport office technology and a multi-biometric police investigation support platform as examples of such collaboration.

The need for integration within the Latin American software industry and Cuba’s participation in the market were addressed at the recent international forum for business and computer technology leaders in Havana.

The forum, held at the headquarters of the Jose Antonio Echeverria Higher Polytechnic Institute’s Integrated Technology Research Center, brought together fifty representatives from 12 countries.

Participants from Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Puerto Rico, Ecuador, Uruguay, Venezuela, Canada, Bolivia, Colombia, and Spain discussed, among other topics of interest to Cuban and Latin American Software companies, the application of information technology in business, electronic governance, and the future of this technology.

The event aimed to insert the Cuban computer industry into the Latin American market, to establish networks and bilateral accords, and to exchange information on trends, know-how, and advances in the sector.

A range of Cuban, Argentinean, and Ecuadorian software products won LaTinatec 2015 prizes, awarded in different categories as a reward for excellent results attained in the region’s software industry.

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