Does the government support the collaborative economy?

On the one hand, government legalises services like Airbnb, but on the other, it threatens Uber drivers. Coherence?

On September 4, 2018, before experts from the ICT sector, the newly-elected Colombian President Iván Duque Márquez inaugurated the Andicom International Congress in Cartagena, Colombia. His speech touched all the right notes. He proclaimed that no procedure will be born if it is not born digital and that for each new regulation, the country will eliminate two or three unimportant ones. He also said that the deficit of engineers in the ICT sector must be resolved and the need in Colombia with regard to the environment of the “fourth industrial revolution” must be defined.

At the end of the event, the TIC minister, Sylvia Constain, talked about the vision having the slogan ‘The digital future is for everyone’ and she explained its pillars.

Duque has won applause in audiences inside and outside the country every time he reaffirms his vision. That is the orange economy is a great opportunity, not only for Colombia but for Latin America. At the last summit of the Pacific Alliance, in New York, the head of state said: “My goal is that in Colombia we achieve in ten years from 3.4 to 7% of GDP. That one million jobs, direct and indirect that we have today will become a million and a half in the next five years and two million in the next decade. “

However in practice, the Duque administration has given contradictory signals. While the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism has consideration for regular Airbnb and other applications, harsh sanctions announced against Uber drivers. Uber has been collecting VAT since July and has paid more than 44 billion for that concept. On the other hand, Netflix and Amazon were left outside the controversial law of modernization of the ICT sector, whose debate in the Congress was postponed at the request of the Government for not finding consensus in the Legislative.

“As a country, from the discourse we project ourselves towards the digital economy and the orange economy. However, there is still a long way to approach the logic of public decision-making towards this path, “said Adriana Molano, digital transformation consultant.

For the expert, given that technological advances impact other sectors, such as work or transport, a “digital evolution” of decision makers is pending to gain coherence between discourse and practice.

” The country lacks a clear digital vision, and hence the one of salineación in the decision making , that in the end not only delays the growth of certain platforms, but of the Nation itself in relation to the leading economies, by widening the gap of connectivity and competitiveness in which we continue to live, “he added.

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