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The Impact of Technology on Social Inclusion

Daniel Scioli, governor of Buenos Aires and John Chambers, chairman and CEO of Cisco recently held a virtual meeting to inaugurate Cisco's first TelePresence system in Argentina. They used the opportunity to discuss the use of technology for health, education and economic development for greater social inclusion of citizens.

The TelePresence session linked premises in Buenos Aires, London, Miami, and California to provide a unique in person experience despite being thousands of miles away from each other. The leaders discussed the impact of globalization and the fundamental role that network technologies can play in helping enable people from different geographies around the world to collaborate and work together.

"The province of Buenos Aires has a tradition of technology innovation, and today we have the largest connected government network in Argentina. Technology is a key aspect in my management as a facilitator to achieve an efficient and collaborative government with the response capacity to satisfy citizens' needs," Scioli said.

Joining the meeting from London, Paul Mountford, president for emerging markets at Cisco, said: "Cisco is focused on promoting sustainable growth in emerging markets by enabling networked economies and the development of world-class talent in all markets to help government and industry drive innovation. We can help emerging countries develop strategies to enhance productivity and social inclusion by deploying intelligent networks and providing connectivity in remote locations."

Technologies based on the Internet serve as a catalyst for economic growth and social progress in developing economies around the world. Besides reducing costs, they improve efficiency, promote global competitiveness, and provide new ways of reaching users who have no access to essential services. By using Internet-enabled technologies, government and industry can empower citizens with an improved quality of life and access to better health, education and security services.

Also participating in the Cisco TelePresence meeting in Argentina were Buenos Aires Province General Secretary Jose Scioli; Undersecretary of State for Modernization in Buenos Aires Diego Gorgal; and Cisco General Manager, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay (APU), Horacio Werner. Jaime Valles, vice president of Latin America for Cisco, participated in the meeting via TelePresence from Cisco's offices in Miami.

Cisco Telepresence is an innovative solution that creates an in person meeting experience over the converged network. Cisco TelePresence delivers real-time, face-to-face interactions between people and places in their work and personal lives using advanced visual, audio and collaboration technologies.

These technologies transmit life-size, high-definition images and discrete spatial audio. With Cisco Telepresence it's easier than ever to discern facial expressions for those crucial business discussions and negotiations across the "virtual table."

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