Pedro Mier (Ametic): «Having powerful operators is good as long as competition is preserved»

The president of the Association of Electronics, Information Technology, Telecommunications and Digital Content Companies (Ametic), Pedro Mier, speaks with ABC on the eve of the start of the traditional meeting, organized by the employers of digital companies, in Santander (Cantabria ) whose motto this year is 'Sustainable and digital reindustrialization: The Great Challenge'. Mier and that will be attended by the ministers Nadia Calviño and Reyes Maroto along with representatives of the digital sector such as the global CEO of Samsung Electronics Jong Hee Han. "We are going to reiterate the proposal to create a vice-presidency of Reindustrialization and Innovation," he points out. Mier who will also present a program to help the growth of medium-sized industrial companies. Regarding the union of Orange and Másmóvil, presented at the gates of summer, he points to the “excessive number of operators” and is committed to maintaining competition. -What do you think of the merger between Orange and Másmóvil in Spain? Without a doubt, it will have an impact on the telecommunications sector... - That we have strong operators is good, as long as it does not harm free competition. I think there is an important aspect there, which is the policy followed at European level. If you look at the map of Europe, there are an excessive number of operators. Which is true, but the user must be assured that there is sufficient competition, and that must be compulsorily within a European framework. -Do you think that operations like this will help boost the investments that are necessary for the deployment of technologies such as 5G? -Yes, but we must not forget that 5G is a technology that allows multiple uses and the appearance of new operators for new applications such as industrial ones. If the participation of this type of new initiatives is not ensured, the opportunity for new technologies to cover the opportunities that exist will be lost. The world has changed a lot and the big operators are no longer the only 'players'. It is very important that they play their role and that they can execute it properly. A vice-presidency of Reindustrialization and Digitization - This week they are holding their annual meeting in Santander where they are going to present the sector's proposals for sustainable and digital reindustrialization. Could you give us some details? -We always choose a theme as an umbrella. This year we believe it is digital and sustainable reindustrialization. In this sense, we have proposals, such as the importance for reindustrialization of having the capacity for innovation. This also means the availability of budgets. But not only that. It is a matter of having the legal and administrative tools that facilitate it and of putting this issue as the first priority among the Government's issues. In 2019, I proposed to Pedro Sánchez the creation of a Vice Presidency for Digitization, Reindustrialization and Innovation and we will reiterate it in Santander. - Ametic has been very proactive in areas such as microelectronics (microchips). How do you rate the management of European funds? -We have always defended that there are people with a managerial profile and we see that in recent times a commissioner with great management experience has been appointed. We believe that this is a good measure. Hopefully that's a good sign. It is true that even good managers run into difficulties that come from the administration itself and the laws that regulate it. -Spain advances two places in the Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) prepared by Brussels, but urges us to improve in areas such as human capital -I would say that the availability of people is linked to training and the dignity of trainees and trainers , plus the dedication of resources and the priority to innovation, are the two keys. Innovation is local, territorial, this is what generates wealth and employment. That is why it is very important to put the focus there and we are not doing that. Start - up Law - Do you think that the Start - up Law will contribute to making Spain more attractive to this type of company? It is clear that paying attention to new initiatives, startups or scale-ups is important, but especially industrial ones. That is, generate new industrial initiatives and help them grow. It is important because creating an e-commerce startup, for example, is easier. You need a good idea, a computer, a group of people and develop it, but industrial initiatives require more access to facilities, laboratories... and are more stable and important for the creation of wealth in the medium term. In this sense, Ametic is going to present a new initiative to support industrial startups and scale-ups. The interest of the country is that there are companies that survive and create jobs. The adjective industrial is very important for these initiatives. - These Santander conferences also serve as the inauguration of the new academic year. What challenges await the sector in the coming months? The global challenges, those shared by the entire economy, are well known. Most importantly, if we want to have a significant impact in strengthening this digital industry and its impact on the economy in general, there are several things to save: the first is that there is a favorable environment. Let it be clear that the objective is to facilitate and enable industries to develop. Another is the availability of trained people. Along these lines, the plan for professional training and training in digital skills will be presented in Santander. It is very important to do it in a practical, fast way, so that we have, on the one hand, the capacity to train our managers and entrepreneurs, and on the other, to quickly transform people who have another specialty. In addition to having adequate Professional Training.

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