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High authorities discuss in Chile the agenda of digital government (2016-11-30)

High authorities discuss in Chile the agenda of digital government
More than fifty ministers, authorities and experts will discuss about lessons learned, trends and regional perspectives in the use of technology as a cross-cutting tool to place the State at the service of citizenship.

Twenty three Latin American and Caribbean countries, and representatives of Korea, Spain, Estonia and the United Kingdom, multilateral agencies and international experts will hold in IV Ministerial Meeting on Electronic Government in Latin America and the Caribbean and the 10th Annual Meeting of the Gealc Network, co-organized by the Chile Government, the Organization of American States (OAS) and Inter-American Development  Bank (IDB). The meeting will be held in Santiago de Chile on Dicember1st and 2nd.

During the first day of the event the host country will show the advances of the Chile Digital Agenda 2020. Through different sessions regional authorities and guest countries will share their experiences on the use of digital technologies to bring the State close to citizens and to improve the quality of services offered. 
Global aspects such as digital transformation of governments and specific issues as interoperability and electronic clinical history will be analyzed. Also digital actives —open data and public software and how the region advances in these areas—will be focused on. This is a diverse agenda that will be approached in the spirit of open government and innovation. 

On the first day, winner initiatives of the excelGOB Award (Award to the excellence in electronic government), chosen among 72 applications of 23 countries, will be disclosed. The categories of this award are public service improvement and public software. 

On the second day of this high level meeting, the attendants will participate in planning workshops, articulating with other regional mechanisms which address themes such as public information access, government procurement and measuring of the digital government impact. The Annual Assembly of Gealc Network, which will approve Annual Work Plans for Digital Government in the region for next year, as well as elect new authorities and will issue the Declaration of Santiago, will be held in the afternoon.

Gealc Network (acronym in Spanish of Electronic Government of Latin America and the Caribbean) is an initiative of American countries  supported by the Organization of American States (OAS) and Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The Gealc Network has been built as a mechanism of systemic horizontal technical cooperation in order to promote, multiply, strengthen and streamline interchanges to develop, spread and implement best practices in electronic government supporting institutional development processes and their advances in the region. 

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