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Knowledge Economy: Córdoba and Santa Fe agree that the formula is to bring the private sector into the design of public policies

Federico Sedevich, Secretary of New Technologies and Knowledge Economy of Córdoba, and Marina Baima, Secretary of Science, Technology, and Innovation of Santa Fe, spoke on a panel at NPlay Southern Cone 2023 on different programs to promote human resources training and labor market insertion. Both districts agree that, for the design and implementation of public policies on these issues, it is necessary to listen to the private sector and add it to the table to develop these strategies. "We must know how to iterate and know that public policies can be improved," acknowledged Baima.

In Santa Fe, the Knowledge Economy Council was formed, with the whole ecosystem: poles, INTI, INTA, universities, and companies, as a "community." "The State can generate spaces, but the private sector feels the pain points," he admitted.

Córdoba also has a council of more than 40 institutions. "Initiatives come from the private sector," he said. An example of a practical application is the Labor Insertion Program (PIL), through which 300 companies and 1,000 people have already been inserted into the market.

Under this program, designed as a short-term strategy, technology companies choose the candidates, there is a stimulus allowance financed by the provincial government, and within 12 months they are hired. "The conversion rate is over 80%, and there are already three editions of the PIL," Sedevich said.

Luis Galeazzi, Executive Director of Argencon, participated in the debate and welcomed the progress. "Argentina has already been made aware of the knowledge economy, of its potential, not only economically but also socially. It is a huge turnaround."

Regarding the Law that governs the segment, he considered that it had good intentions, but it is complex for the smaller players in its implementation. "It needs to be simplified and improved," he said.

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