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A recent study conducted by IDC shows a widening gap in Latin America between the supply of and demand for information and communication technology skills.

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The use of Internet technologies is growing exponentially and research shows that ICT and broadband adoption can help promote economic success in Latin America and the Caribbean. For example, a 10 percent higher broadband penetration in Latin America is associated with a 3.19 percent higher GDP. Source: Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Socioeconomic Impact of Broadband in Latin American & Caribbean Countries, Nov 2012

However, acquiring new technologies is not enough. Countries must build their human capacity to take full advantage of ICT. Network-powered innovation is increasing the demand for trained ICT professionals, yet limited access to ICT skills education is creating a persistent and growing networking skills gap across Latin America, where the demand is outpacing the supply. 

IDC researched the skills gap in various segments of the IT industry. This IDC Study aims to measure the gap between the supply of and demand for skilled people in the ICT industry, with a focus on networking, in eight Latin American countries.

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