The representative of the Andalusian government in the province of Málaga, Patricia Navarro, highlighted this Monday the “profound innovation and intensification” of the digital strategy of the Junta de Andalucía, which allows, among other objectives, to fight against depopulation. A policy, he said, takes place in the neighborhoods of both municipalities and capitals.
In this sense, he has spoken on the occasion of an institutional visit to the municipality of Cuevas de San Marcos, in the northeast region of Málaga (Norma), in which he has met and visited the mayor, José María Molina. Punto Vuela Guadalinfo, accompanied by the Provincial Deputy for Technological Development and European Resources, Juan Álvarez, where a cyber security course is taught on this day.
The representative, who highlighted the board’s policies in such centers to provide digital skills to the entire population, also emphasized that with Vuelta Guadalinfo Points “we must fight against this demographic challenge – Population With reference to the reduction of—” .
Navarro elaborates that there are more than 760 Guadalinfo centers in Andalusia – all with public and free access – of which 95 are in the province of Málaga. “In Malaga in 2023 there were a total of 15,836 people as active users of Vuela Guadalinfo and more than 4,300 activities were organized,” he explained. Specifically here, at the Vuela de Guadalinfo point.
He explained that the junta’s digital strategy is being implemented in stages, so that the first, already consolidated, result in Torox and Ciudad Jardín. “In the second phase, the number of municipalities has increased and now we are already in the execution of the third phase which will reach a total of 15 municipalities, including Pizarra, Ojen, Campillos, Cuevas del Becerro, Humilladero, Yunquera, Manilva , Cañete la Real, Algatocin, Cortes de la Frontera, Banarba, Algarrobo, Ariete, Archidona and Guaro».
He explained that this did not mean opening new centers, as they already existed under the Guadalinfo nomenclature, but rather “adopting a plus of innovation”. In this sense, he added that Vuelta points are “places with high connectivity, coworking spaces and also places of active learning for the residents…”.
They have also said that “they have envisioned an area for digital nomads and SMEs whose business is digitization and new technologies, they have open Wi-Fi, secure teleworking areas, marker places to test emerging robotics technology, 3D printing, virtual reality devices or drones.
Navarro highlights as “one of the great advantages” the personal access to electronic administration at Vuelta Guadalinfo points. “They will also have new equipment such as interactive digital and multimedia whiteboards, laptops, smartphones or tablets. And the display areas of digital, health and financial services have also been included,” he said.
“Our towns, our rural municipalities are going to make a great leap across the digital divide that until now separated them from the rest of the urban areas and therefore, with more options to access this digital strategy”, he stresses .
For Navarro, the board is making “an unprecedented bet for digitization, a unique bet, without any complications”; And it has also indicated that there is a digital training plan that it will be able to offer from Vuela-Guadalinfo points, and it turns out that in Andalusia there are still more than 35% of the population that do not have digital skills or Digital skills are “too small, too limited.”