Ángel Melguizo is vice president for External and Regulatory Affairs at AT&T VRIO Latin America, responsible for the company’s positioning on key digital regulatory topics, with a focus on Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay and the Caribbean.
Before joining AT&T, he was Latin American Unit head at OECD Development Center, worked as lead labor specialist at the IDB, senior adviser at the Economic Bureau of Spain’s Prime Minister, and principal economist at BBVA Financial Group, specializing on new technologies, economic growth, and fiscal policy.
He holds a Ph.D. in public economics and a B.A. in economics from Complutense University of Madrid.
Melguizo was an event speaker at the Dialogue.
Covid-19 has accelerated digitalization all over the world. Things that chief technology officers had planned to be implemented in years had to be put in place in weeks, or even days. E-commerce, e-payments, remote work, video calls and streaming are now essential parts of our social and productive lives. Indeed, some in-person activities are gradually coming back, but a significant part of our day-to-day activities will likely become digital forever.
The Inter-American Development Bank recently released a study, which Netflix supported, that found that approximately $5.7 billion was invested in audiovisual production in Latin America and the Caribbean in 2019. But in order to fully take off in Latin America, the industry requires more investment, new skills and smart regulation. This article focuses on so-called regulatory “sandboxes,” which could be a step toward improving regulation of the audiovisual digital sector.