Bogotá has been recognized as the second most important destination for foreign direct investment in Latin America.
According to the Financial Times, Bogotá surpassed the city of Santiago de Chile, Sao Paulo, and Buenos Aires as the second city with the most future in the region.
The ranking of the Financial Times “fDi intelligence” about the 10 top cities in Latin America, was made considering several conditions such as the amount of direct foreign investment that went into the cities, besides measuring the city’s strategy of attraction of capital investment.
In addition to that, the city’s town hall reported that this release was constructed considering that worldwide cities are pulling out from the Covid-19 crisis. And that their implementation of new politics to reactivate the economy is how the sixth edition of the “Future cities of the Americas” was shaped on.
Bogota accomplished to climb up five positions in the last four editions.
Having said that, Bogotá received 44% of the country’s foreign investment projects. The ranking not only saw this but the economic potential of the city, the easiness of doing business, its cost efficiency, and the connectivity.
What about the efforts to attract foreign direct investment?
The capital certainly gave its hundred percent. As Invest In Bogotá, an investment promotion agency ran in January of this year highlighting the capacity of moving forward to reset the economy.
Also, the city was selected as one of the co-host cities of CityLab 2021. A world summit of cities organized by Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Aspen Institute that explores urban solutions that have a global impact; in fact, one of the innovative policies presented was the SALUDATA, a digital platform. Which was developed as a strategy of transparency and access to public information for the citizens. To view in real-time the main data on the evolution of COVID-19.
However, the capital doesn’t stop there. It was also acknowledged in the category of “Strategy to attract Foreign Direct Investment” where it ranked as eighth among the ‘American cities of the future 2021/22’, competing against New York, Montreal, Atlanta, and Chicago.
Nevertheless, with the income of new projects and companies, the city will develop better social and economic conditions for its citizens. By the creation of high-quality jobs, competitive salaries, and intercultural exchange. The city is so appealing that globalized companies like Optimizely, Concentrix, and Mercado Libre have just established their hub operations in the territory.
But, what do you say? Will Bogotá be at the top of the list in 2022? Make your bets in the comments. And please, don’t forget to follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
A digital transformation in government and the public sector is what the ICT Ministry has been pulling for.
“Today’s world requires us to improve services and tools so that citizens can do their errands digitally, and have access to information safely through one click.” Words that the ICT Minister Karen Abudinen said on June 16th during a signing agreement between the ICT Ministry and the Colombian Senate.
Between the commitments of the ICT Ministry for 2021, there is the improvement of digital security and the safeguard of information. However, last Wednesday, the ICT Ministry firmed an inter-administrative agreement with the Senate. To promote and strengthen a digitalization plan for this last organization. The purpose of this agreement is to support the Senate in its digital transformation plan and simultaneously simplify internal processes to make them fast and facile.
To accomplish the gamble, the two entities will work together at the formulation of the Strategic Information Technology Plan. Allowing the Ministry to identify and support the areas in need of strengthening. Aiming to provide top-quality technology services and a digital transformation plan.
On the other hand, a Citizen Folder will be made. Which is a free space on the internet where Colombians can store, receive and share documents or records that are generated in their relationship with the State. Therefore, Colombians will have the opportunity to process any information required at the Single State Portal. In addition that, applying this plan ensures the interoperability of state entities.
All information processed by the public sector will make sure that people have the CV of State contractors, the driving license history, and many more services. Subsequently, the goal is to make sure that 3,500,000 Colombians are linked to the Citizen Folder before the end of 2022, said the Minister.
Finally, do you think, the ICT can make it? Will Colombia achieve a digital transformation in government and the public sector? Leave a comment below and don’t forget to follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook,Twitter, and Instagram.
Learning any programming language on your own can be tricky. You can spend a lot of time watching videos and reading books. However, if you don’t put all the concepts you’ve learned into practice, you’re probably wasting your time learning Python, in this case. Therefore, you should get your hands dirty with basic Python projects.
A project will help you put together everything you’ve learned, stay motivated, build a portfolio, challenge yourself, and find ways to tackle problems and solve them with code.
Here, we list some projects that can help you level up your Python code. Projects are listed by difficulty, so beginner and basic Python projects are at the beginning, while advanced projects are at the end of the blog.
1. Rock, Paper, Scissors
Rock, Paper, Scissors is a classic game, we are sure you used to play it a lot as a kid, or maybe you still play it. It is a simple sleight of hand that is generally played between two people, in which each player simultaneously forms one of three forms with their hand. With this basic Python project, you will learn how to implement fundaments like lists, if statements, and inputs.
The objective is to create a system so that a player who decides to play rock beats another player who has chosen the scissors but loses with the one who has played the role, and a game of paper loses against a game of scissors. If you find this project interesting, check out this guide, with the complete Python code for this project.
This is the most basic game you can code in Python. After finishing this project, you can develop more complex games with the Pygame library. Pygame is a cross-platform set of Python modules designed for writing video games; it includes computer graphics and sound libraries.
Some games you can create with Pygame are the following:
Tic Tac Toe
2. Bulk File Rename Tool
Suppose you need to rename multiple files in your personal folder using a specific naming pattern. For example, you need to use the format “MM-DD-YY” to the file name, so anyone could easily locate a file. Or let’s say that you have tons and tons of audio files to manage, videos, images, or if you are handling specific projects. Doing that manually can be time-consuming and error-prone. The good news is that you can automate the file renaming process by creating your own bulk file renaming tool with Python.
So you can work on this basic Python project, you must use the OS module. The OS module in Python provides functions for interacting with the operating system. OS comes under Python’s standard utility modules. This module provides a portable way of using operating system dependent functionality. The *os* and *os.path* modules include many functions to interact with the file system.
Here, you’ll find the step by step to work on this project!
3. Automate boring Excel tasks
Excel is everywhere. It is the default application for data analysis in the workplace, for better or for worse. You may have to do many boring tasks in your day to day, which leave you thinking, “there must be a better way.” And yes, Python is the way!
This basic Python project aims to use code to perform Excel tasks, such as making a pivot table, plotting a chart, applying Excel formulas, and formatting the report sheet. After you finish writing your code, you just have to run the script to create a report.
Writing Python code is great, but do you know what’s even better? Being able to interact with your code through a graphical user interface so that anyone can test what you have developed.
The Python, Tkinter, PyQt and Kivi libraries will help you create a GUI with buttons, windows and many other widgets that make it easy for users to interact with your application.
The idea of this project is simple: create a GUI of any project that you have already finished. However, you can also create a different project to implement GUI, such as the following:
Age Calculator App: This app allows users to enter their date of birth, and the app will display their age automatically.
Calculator: If you’ve ever developed a calculator while learning Python, now is the time to improve the output with a GUI. Get some inspiration from the calculator that comes with your operating system.
Currency Converter: Create a currency conversion app that allows users to enter the desired value in a currency and return the converted value to the target currency.
5. Movie Recommendation System
Everyone loves movies, regardless of age, gender, race, color, or geographic location. We are all, in some way, connected to each other through this incredible medium. However, what is most interesting is the fact that our choices and combinations are unique in terms of cinematic preferences.
Some people like genre-specific movies, be it suspense, romance, or science fiction, while others focus on the main actors and directors. When we take all of that into account, it is astonishingly difficult to generalize a movie and say that everyone would like it. But with all that said, it is still seen that specific groups of people enjoy similar movies.
A recommendation system is a program that aims to predict the preference of a user towards a specific item. In this case, the recommendation system predicts movies a user would like to watch, given some data. You can use libraries such as Pandas, Numpy, and Scikit-learn to develop a recommendation engine from basic models to content-based and collaborative filtering recommender systems in Python.
To carry out this project, you will need a dataset with movie titles and at least a plot description. You can use this IMDb dataset or this MovieLens dataset for this project. Also, there’s a complete guide on how to make your movie recommendation system in Python in this link.
With these ideas, you can start the basic Python project of your choice! Also, you can follow the following tips:
Think about what interests you and choose a project that overlaps with your interests to help you with motivation.
Think about your goals when learning Python, and make sure your project leads you toward those goals.
Start small. Once you have built a small project, you can expand it or build another.