URUGUAY has one of the highest penetration rates of Internet, PCs and telephone lines in Latin America. It is the largest exporter of software services in Latin America, with annual sales of US$68 per capita. Approximately 12,000 people work in this sector, which is at full employment.
Uruguay is seen as a model, as the first country in the world to implement the "One Laptop per Child" Program, through which every child enrolled in public school receives a computer. The program is known in Uruguay as the "Ceibal Plan." The program is extended to high schools throughout the country, and subsequently to private schools.
Five years after its implementation, the Uruguayan model of free access to a laptop for every student is now being exported to other countries.
The audiovisual industry is also...