Ariel Arrieta was part of panel discussion with Jim Kim, President of the World Bank

Technology and Productive Innovation at the Centro Cultural de la Ciencia, located in the Polo Científico Tecnológico de Buenos Aires.

During his first visit to the country, Jim Kim participated in the forum with Ariel Arrieta, co-founder of NXTP Labs; Silvia Torres Carbonell, Director of the IAE Business School and Alec Oxenford, founder of the OLX buying and selling website.

During the panel, Kim said that technology presents us with enormous opportunities and challenges:



In the face of the progress of automation, our task is to continue creating new jobs that will require new capabilities

He said that we need to think about policies to prepare for these changes and work actively to create a business ecosystem. Silicon Valley is a great example of the creation of an entrepreneurial ecosystem that has allowed and allows for greater investment activity,”he said. Kim told young entrepreneurs and students that new jobs will be technology and innovation related in the “next race to be competitive in the future”.


Ariel Arrieta, following his line of argument, said that “we must be able to see what specialization is going to place us on the world map in the future” and stressed the importance of being able to measure the social impact of an undertaking, beyond the economic. We must continue to be committed to innovation in order to be the engine of change.


The closing ceremony was led by the Minister of Science, Lino Barañao, who thanked Dr. Kim and the World Bank for their support over many years to promote the Ministry’s central mission of creating wealth from knowledge.


The meeting was also attended by the Minister of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation, Lino Barañao; the Vice-President of the World Bank for Latin America and the Caribbean, Jorge Familiar; the Secretary of Entrepreneurs and SMEs of the Ministry of Production, Mariano Mayer; the Secretary of Planning and Policies in Science, Technology and Productive Innovation, Jorge Aguado; and the Secretary of Scientific Technological Coordination, Agustín Campero; among other government officials. The event brought together entrepreneurs, students and opinion leaders.