MONTEVIDEO – Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto made a quick visit to Uruguay following the CELAC-EU summit in Chile and called for the adoption of a program to provide computers to schoolchildren in Mexico modeled on the one launched in the South American country.
Peña Nieto traveled to Montevideo on Monday with Uruguayan President Jose Mujica and visited the Uruguayan Technology Laboratory, or LATU, which oversaw implementation of the Plan Ceibal, a program to provide 500,000 schoolchildren with computers connected to the Internet.
The Uruguayan program is a “world benchmark,” Peña Nieto said, adding that he was eager to roll out a similar program in Mexico.
Uruguay will provide “all the technical advice” Mexico requests to create a similar program tailored to the country’s needs, Mujica said.
The South American country, which has a population of about 3.3 million, has 500,000 elementary and high school students, while Mexico has a population of about 115 million, requiring the distribution of computers to millions of schoolchildren.
Uruguay and Mexico have a free trade agreement in place and bilateral trade stands at around $548 million. EFE