Vicente Fox: Technology is Bringing People Together

By: Claudia Repsold

Miami has established itself as one of the hottest tech-hub in the United States. Many factors had contributed to put the city on the startup tech-map. One of them is the conference Emerge Americas, that for the last 5 years brought to Miami the founders & CEOs of the most iconic tech giant in the world.

Last year, the co-founder of Apple, Steve Wozniak opened the conference. This year, was the former president of Mexico, Vicente Fox, that delivered the inaugural keynote address. Known for his straightforward style, and colorful language, Fox reminded the attendees that technology is a powerful tool to bring people together or set them apart. “New technologies built digital bridges to unite us, we cannot regress by building physical walls to separate us.”

Saluted by a diverse and multicultural audience, Fox spoke about the importance of immigration and illustrated with his own family’s history; “My grandfather was American, he was born on a farm in Ohio. At age 20, my grandpa decided to immigrate to Mexico in search of better life and more opportunities. If my grandfather had not immigrated from the United States to Mexico, I would not be Mexican. My whole life would be different.”

Brazil & Mexico : Natural Trade Partners

During the event the former president Fox was autographing his new book; “Let’s Move On: Beyond Fear & False Prophets”. Brazil & U.S Biz had the opportunity to quickly chat with him about the future of Latin America. “Brazil is an incredible country. While Trump says he wants to end NAFTA by imposing trade barriers, Mexico should get closer to Brazil and Argentina to establish new trade deals, ” said Fox.

I weighed with him that just like Trump, many others cast the blame for the economic stagnation of a sector of the population on the globalization. This assertion happened not only in the United States, but also in our own countries. The former president smiled and replied; “There will always be populist politicians who will nurture the notion of – us against them -. It is a vision that appeals to many for its simplicity. The globalization is already here. There is no way to reverse it. The Americans do best is; service, management and innovation. Why would they want to compete with the Chinese in the manufacturing low value products?”

Claudia Repsold and Vicente Fox former president of Mexico

I reminded him that, like Trump, many others blame globalization for the economic stagnation of an entire section of the population. This perception occurs not only in the United States, but also in our own countries. The former president smiled and replied; “There will always be populist politicians who will nurture the notion of – us against them. This is a vision that appeals to many for its simplicity. Globalization is here. There is no way to reverse it. Americans are very good at providing world-leading innovation and good services. Why would they want to compete with the Chinese for making low value products? “

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