Chile to take part in E-commerce Paris for the first time
- The South American country seeks to show the world its economic openness and the technological and digital advances that Chilean companies have achieved in recent years.
Chile will be attending E-commerce Paris for the first time, with 8 companies from the ICT industry working in the fields of electronic commerce, software services, security and collaboration platforms, among other things. The country's 50-square metre pavilion will be located in module 2.2 – F 031 at the Paris-Expo Porte de Versailles exhibition centre.
This will be the first time that the South American country has taken part in this important international trade fair and it aims to show the world its economic openness and the technological and digital advances that Chilean companies have achieved in recent years.
Chile has 25 trade agreements in place with 64 markets and is the best-evaluated emerging economy in Latin America and one of the most recognized around the world. Its stability, transparency, competitiveness and excellent business prospects make the country a reliable partner. Chile is ready to adopt new technologies, from primary education through to businesses and public services.
Many studies highlight Chile as a country that is already online, with substantial progress in digital connectivity and information and communication technologies (ICT). For instance Chile ranked 35th out of 148 countries and first in Latin America in the World Economic Forum's Networked Readiness Index (NRI) for 2014. Chile is also among the top twenty countries for indicators such as mobile network coverage, government online services and e-participation. This indicator measures economies in terms of their capacity to prepare for, use and leverage ICTs, based on their regulatory and economic climate, their degree of readiness, levels of usage and socio-economic impact.
Telecommunications, communications and media technology companies, among others in this industry, contribute US$7.5 billion - close to 3% of national GDP - to the Chilean economy. 23.5% of this amount comes from information technology: suppliers of IT, data centres, programming and software.
In 2015, Chile exported US$1 billion in non-traditional services, of which 15% corresponded to ICT. The principal markets for these exports are the United States, Mexico, Colombia and Peru.