Program will speed up and cut costs of government procedures, intensify the use of ICTs and expand access to broadband services
Paraguay will launch a program to provide its citizens and businesses better public services and more opportunities, with support of a $130 million loan approved by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).
The program seeks to reduce the costs of accessing public services, increase the use of digital technologies in businesses and industries and expand access to broadband by improving connectivity and the quality of Internet service.
The program will carry out actions including:
• Digitalize and simplify government procedures, prioritizing the 100 most demanded procedures, so they may be completed faster and at lower costs.
• Improve healthcare sector information systems, which will be aggregated in a single digital system.
• Strengthen the National Cybersecurity System to secure data and ensure reliable transactions.
• Strengthen digital ventures to integrate and position Paraguay as a provider and developer of digital services in the global market.
• Develop local knowledge and talent to supply the digital economy, the labor market and entrepreneurial ventures.
• Establish a Digital District to create a digital ecosystem capable of transforming the Paraguayan economy.
• Expand broadband coverage to provide universal access to faster and cheaper Internet service.
• Set up a Data Center to securely and efficiently manage government data and optimize public spending.
The main beneficiaries of the program will be Paraguay’s citizens and businesses as consumers of more efficient public services and higher quality broadband Internet. Entrepreneurs and companies will also benefit from activities aimed at promoting investment in digital technologies.
The loan was made for a 24-year term, with a 6 ½-year grace period and a LIBOR-based interest rate.
The Inter-American Development Bank is devoted to improving lives. Established in 1959, the IDB is a leading source of long-term financing for economic, social and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean. The IDB also conducts cutting-edge research and provides policy advice, technical assistance and training to public and private sector clients throughout the region.
Jean Eric Theinhardt
IDB Project Team Leader – Digital Government
IDB Country Representation Paraguay
Juan Pablo Ventura
IDB Country Representation Chile - Science Technology and Innovation
Manuel Pablo Fernandini Puga
IDB Country Representation Paraguay - Connectivity