Zero Hour for the Union of Computer Specialists of Cuba

With ambitious plans a new organization of Cuban civil society is born, whose purpose is to provide creative spaces for all specialists in a sector, key to the country's development

By: Yurisander Guevara


2016-03-10 | 16:40:17 EST
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The Union of Computer Specialists of Cuba (UIC), founded last March 7, is the first social organization that was created in Cuba in this century.

Its arrival is no accident. It arises from the need to bring together all key specialists into the country's development sector, especially when an unprecedented computerization process is being promoted.

This was patent in the extensive discussions that occurred for nearly three hours on Monday in the commission of strategic projection of the Constituent Assembly of the UIC, which was born with more than 6,000 members.

In a packed hall of the Palace of Conventions in Havana delegates expressed their views on the five programs governing the start of this organization of Cuban civil society.

Thus, the UIC has already traced some paths, according to the most pressing needs expressed by its members, which are contained in the document of strategic projections to which Juventud Rebelde had access.

Of course, its members work in fields such as knowledge management, training and certification, interagency cooperation, communication and new technologies, and services.

Each of these areas is developed from the implementation of actions, projects and working committees, said Ailyn Febles, president of the UIC elected for the next five years.

Among the actions to highlight in 2016 appear a scientific event on educational technologies next September in Camagüey, and a workshop on computer security, which Cienfuegos will host.

To determine who knows what, is another of the intentions of the UIC, which will be implemented through a project designed to form the Cuban Atlas of knowledge. The same will be drawn up by a commission to diagnose the potential of professionals dedicated to Information Technology and Communications (ICT) in Cuba.

As for training, UIC will prepare a plan to raise the level of its members, which consists not only of classes, but online content.

The area of interagency cooperation, on the other hand, seeks to work in areas of graduate programs and partnerships with similar organizations to broaden the spectrum of what can be done.

The UIC also has a website ( and will have a scientific journal. It also intends to participate in pilot projects related to ICT. Among his intentions it will become an incubator for IT solutions and create large workspaces based on collaboration.

Effectively managed

According to Reinaldo Alonso, president of the UIC in Camagüey, the knowledge management area must have a system of event that allows visualizing the results of scientific activity of the members of the organization. This, he said, would create a space for exchange with ministries and institutions, which would not only allow knowing the results, but could implement them.

"From the strategic projection we need to make it more clear for everyone to know what this partnership can bring and how is a link to give more to society," said Ivan Barreto, director of the company Cinesoft under the Ministry of Education .

"When computer specialist is in a municipality, these essential issues may seem distant to him. So it is vital to start with themed clubs fast, which will give more life to the organization, "he said.

Barreto reflected that there are many human resources waiting to be identified, and experience shows that when they called on, satisfactory results are recorded.

On the issue of economic organization, Barreto suggested that the Union can build a space of representation of their professionals and create better working relationships.

Another important point was made by Liber Puentes, a self-employed -in its start UIC has about 200 members from the non-State sector-, and he was elected a member of the Board.

According to Puentes, the non-state sector is a growing community committed to the country. "Whoever decides to open a business it is because he wants to set foot ashore with the Revolution," he said. Therefore, he considered that the UIC must work harder in the approach to the self-employed, as the enemies of the Revolution look like a weak link penetrating, when it is the opposite.

So he asked the UIC to process the concerns of its members, especially those who are linked to social and community initiatives. Similarly, he advocated the creation of mechanisms for the self-employed sector to use technological raw material, which is not covered today as recyclable by state institutions. Often, he said, valuable components are discarded.

We are everywhere

Alina Ruiz, a professor at the University of Havana felt that one of the most favourable things for UIC members is that they are everywhere. "There are still barriers in the process of computerization that is urgent for the country, so the UIC must be a fundamental guide in this sense," She said.

Human capital, Ruiz continued, is so important that it requires a special program aimed so that professionals in the sector are not lost.

"The prestige and importance that the Union of Computer Specialists of Cuba can have is to the extent that it could affect the public policy of this discipline in the country," considered another UH professor, Yudivián Almeida. 'To achieve that purpose it has to win in the participation of all its members, supported by a consistent technological infrastructure,"he suggested.

Almeida proposed it should call on the whole system of work in computer projection, "in which academics, state enterprises and self-employed converge ", while he suggested evaluating the creation of software production cooperatives that contribute to computerization of Cuban society.

For Adrian Moran, representative of the UIC in Las Tunas and worker in the territorial centre of the National Software Company (Desoft), the UIC is the driving force of an era of computerization where we will need the support and the union of all. "It is important to link up, because the faster we can communicate and socialize knowledge, we will provide better solutions," he said.

Morán requested it be made explicit in the information within the Union a kind of ranking of associates, so that when creating solutions, you know who are the best.

The young man from Las Tunas also highlighted that "this is an association created by the Revolution, therefore it is a must. Cyberspace is a complex place, it has everything good and everything bad. Therefore, the members of this organization are responsible for guiding and serving as an example to our society, which today has access to the Internet, but does not have all the necessary knowledge to consume it."

One of the ideas presented to the audience by Morán was to establish work projects to guide the public on what the Internet is and what you can find in it, with all its nuances.

At the end of the discussions, Ailyn Febles stressed some words that summarize what the Union should be and what will be dedicated to. The UIC, she said, is a diverse, agile, flexible, highly participatory, transparent organization, young, inclusive, a standard bearer of good practices, humble, bold and connected. And above all, it is committed to its country, its historical moment and its Revolution.

About admission to the organization

Chapter III of the Constitution, entitled Of the members and admission to the organization, Article 7 states that the Union of Computer Specialists of Cuba is an organization of voluntary and selective affiliation. Its members have mastery and skills in the areas of knowledge related to Information Technology and Communications.

Article 9 states that ar members of this organization may request in writing admission to the Provincial Board, accept the Statutes and the Code of Ethics and may be admitted to the National Board.

In addition, they must meet one of the following requirements: be professional graduate in ICT careers; be professional in other areas of knowledge, with proven experience in the field of ICT experience; and in exceptional cases for their prestige, performance and contribution will also be considered.

Translated by ESTI

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