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Authorities will analyze in Panama Digital Government Agenda in the region

The 5th E-Government Ministerial Meeting and the 12th Red GEALC Annual Meeting will be held November 15-16 and bring together 23 countries from Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as representatives of Republic of Korea, Estonia, the United Kingdom, Portugal and Italy

The 5th E-Government Ministerial Meeting of Latin America and the Caribbean and the 12th Annual Meeting of the Network of E-Government Leaders of Latin America and the Caribbean (Red GEALC) will be held November 15-16, 2018 in Panama City. It is being organized by Red GEALC, with support from the National Authority for Government Innovation (Government of the Republic of Panama), the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).
 
The gathering will provide an opportunity for ministers, government officials and experts to discuss the lessons that have been learned in E-Government as well as regional prospects and trends. They will also be able to exchange views on how the countries of the region can harness emerging technologies to offer their citizens better services.
 
The value of E-Government will be the central theme of this ministerial-level meeting held every two years. This time it will be attended by senior delegations from the OAS and the IDB, along with representatives from 23 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as Republic of Korea, Estonia, the United Kingdom, Portugal and Italy, all of which are collaborating with the region’s Digital Agenda. 
 
On the first day of the meeting the host country will make a presentation on progress achieved in the Digital Agenda Panama 4.0. 
 
Participants will also discuss general aspects such as the digital transformation of governments and factors that make the digitalization of government possible, such as cybersecurity, digital identity and the interoperability of information systems. Estonia’s and Portugal’s experiences in this field will be analyzed, and a special session will be held to look at the progress that South Korea has achieved in digital government and its possible application in Latin America and the Caribbean. 
 
At the close of the first day of the meeting, the winners of the excellence in E-Government award known as ExcelGOB will be announced. They will be chosen from among 98 contestants in 23 countries. This year prizes will be handed out in two categories: improvement in public services and public software. 
 
The afternoon of the second day, the Annual Assembly of Red GEALC will be held, during which participants will approve E-Government working plans for the region over the next year, representatives of member states will be selected to sit on the executive committee of Red GEALC, and the Panama Declaration will be discussed and approved.
 
The Network of E-Government Leaders of Latin America and the Caribbean (Red GEALC), is an initiative of the Americas that is supported by the Organization of American States and the Inter-American Development Bank. It was created to serve as a tool of systematic, horizontal technical cooperation. The goal is to promote, multiply, strengthen and invigorate exchanges aimed at developing, spreading and implementing best practices in E-Government so as to support processes of institutional development in the region.
 
News organizations interested in attending the meeting should contact Daniela Artiga, danielaar@iadb.org and Sheila Grandio, sheilagr@iadb.org at the IDB. 
 
WHAT: The 5th E-Government Ministerial Meeting of Latin America and the Caribbean and the 12th Red GEALC Meeting
 
WHEN: November 15-16, 2018
 
WHERE: Hotel Westin Playa Bonita Panama
 
DELEGATIONS CONFIRMED AS ATTENDING: Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela, South Korea, Estonia, United Kingdom, Portugal and Italy.

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