08/01/2020 - 12:47
Banco Nación will renew the credit quota so that non-university compulsory and higher education teachers who receive the National Teacher Incentive Fund (FONID) can access computers in installments and with soft fees.
The demand exceeded the stock made available by the equipment manufacturers for this line specially designed for teachers. There were 25,000 computers that were exhausted in the first four hours of the program, on Friday.
By the end of the quota, Banco Nación announced that "in the coming weeks the availability of equipment will be renewed, maintaining the same subsidized rate of 12% and a discount of 20% in the units so that all the education professionals who perceive FONID can access the line of credit. "
Education Minister Nicolás Trotta asked the private sector to expand the supply of domestically produced computers, laptops and desktops to meet demand.
It is that, as indicated by Banco Nación, as a consequence of the pandemic there was a strong increase in local and international demand for computers and, in addition, there were interruptions in global value chains as a result of isolation policies in different countries . "This exceptional situation was deepened by the conditions of the computer industry in our country, which registered two consecutive years of falls in sales and production," the entity explained in a statement.
Trotta noted that “when we started the project, we found the harsh reality that the national electronics production sector was paralyzed and there was no stock available in the country. Faced with this situation, we summoned the three chambers of the sector and it was articulated so that they could have the maximum possible stock for the program as soon as possible, which amounted to 25 thousand computers, providing a 20% discount on the price ”. The program helped rehire 500 people this year, they noted.
"This project is a clear example of how public policies can be reactivating the economy: the Ministry of Education generates a demand, Banco Nación creates the financial conditions to facilitate access and the Ministry of Production together with the Argentine Industry responds, starting agilely after four years of stagnation ”, the Chambers of the sector expressed in a statement.