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Microsoft Will Help Mexico Build Tech Universities: AMLO Tweets

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) has said an agreement with Microsoft has been made to build universities aimed at training young Mexicans who want to get into tech.

The agreement also includes creating software for preventing corruption in public administration.

“We are going to work on two ideas together: create universities to train young people in new technologies and software against corruption,” the President announced in a tweet.

The announcement came hours after he met with Brad Smith, President of Microsoft and Enrique Perezyera, CEO of Microsoft in Mexico.

Raymundo Artis Espriu, who was recently named the coordinator for the government’s digital strategy, was also present at the meeting.

Since taking office, AMLO has been making efforts to build ICT infrastructure. One of his goals is to launch a telecom company for rolling out internet services to remote rural areas.

Establishing 100 public universities is AMLO’s campaign promise, and reports say that he has already set aside US$52 million for the task.

However, it is not clear what will be the role of Microsoft in building universities, nor is there any report about the amount of money Microsoft will be paid for developing the software.

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It is not the first time he held a meeting with technology leaders. Earlier in June, he discussed with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg about bringing internet access to the poorest and remote communities in the country.

Narayan Ammachchi

News Editor for Nearshore Americas, Narayan Ammachchi is a career journalist with a decade of experience in politics and international business. He works out of his base in the Indian Silicon City of Bangalore.

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