The new vice minister has a doctorate in Applied Economics and a master’s degree in Applied Research in Economics and Business from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain). Among the main challenges for Durán is the training of 100,000 programmers in 2022 and the widespread use and appropriation of the Digital Citizen Folder, among others.
Bogotá, July 27, 2021 (MinTIC) .- Before Karen Abudinen, ICT minister, the new Vice Minister of Digital Transformation of that portfolio, Iván Mauricio Durán Pabón, took office this Tuesday, who comes to replace Germán Rueda after a year and a half in The charge.
The new vice minister of the ICT Ministry is an economist from the National University and a master’s degree in Economic Sciences and Applied Research in Economics. Likewise, he has a doctorate in Applied Economics from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain).
“I want to express my total commitment to strengthen, accelerate and consolidate the work that Minister Karen Abudinen has been doing for the digital transformation of the country, to facilitate the lives of citizens and generate development opportunities in people and companies,” said the incoming Deputy Minister regarding your goals in office.
For her part, Karen Abudinen, ICT minister, said: “The arrival of Vice Minister Durán is essential within the goal of meaningfully connecting 70 percent of the country before the end of 2022, since it is not enough to just carry the internet, also it is necessary to reach millions of Colombians with opportunities for digital transformation and appropriation who will learn to make the best use of ICT and who will make Colombia a more digital country ”.
Durán was director of Digital Development of the National Planning Department (PND), a place in which he had previously served as deputy director of Digital Prospective and Advisor to the Digital Development Directorate.
His work experience also stands out as a researcher at the Menéndez Pelayo International University Consortium and at the Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences in Germany, in addition to his position as a research assistant at Fedesarrollo.
As a teacher, he currently fulfills the role of professor of Digital Society and Economic Development at the Externado de Colombia University and has taught at other prestigious universities in the country such as the National University, Los Andes and the Catholic University.
Durán reaches a portfolio with important challenges for the economic reactivation of the country, among which is training 100,000 programmers with the TIC Mission 2022 before the end of next year.
Likewise, Durán should lead training in digital skills and interaction with the contents of the digital ecosystem in rural areas, to achieve the goal of empowering 2 million Colombians in the use and exploitation of information technologies, within the framework of the largest strategy of social pedagogy led by that ministry, We arrived with TIC. Another challenge that Durán will have will be to spread the use and appropriation of the Digital Citizen Folder, completing by 2022 the linking of 34 high-impact procedures and 3.5 million registered users. He also has the challenge of implementing Special Digital Citizen Services and expanding its reach to public and private entities.
“We have great goals to achieve in this year that remains in the government, so let’s get to work, I am totally sure that we will fulfill them,” said Durán after taking office as vice minister.