Government Services at Your Fingertips in Chile

Monday, May 6, 2013 - 03:00
Chile has long had one of the highest Internet penetration levels of all the countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. The question has been how to turn this into a tool to support the country’s economic and social development. The answer came when Chile, as part of an ambitious ongoing digital development strategy, decided in 2004 to revamp its e-government platform and expand its range of public services over the Internet for citizens and businesses.

The IDB, a partner of Colombia in development

Tuesday, March 17, 2009 - 03:00
Since the mid-1990s the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has been the leading source of multilateral financing for Colombia. Over the last 50 years, the IDB has approved more than US$14.8 billion in loans and non-refundable technical cooperation projects for Colombia. Throughout its history, the IDB has supported the Colombian government and private sector in key development areas such as infrastructure, state modernization and reform, small and medium enterprise, agriculture, energy, climate change and environmental protection.

Lights and shadows

Thursday, December 1, 2005 - 03:00
By Milagros Belgrano Rawson

Technology Helped Reducing Inequality Gap

Thursday, April 21, 2005 - 03:00
A study realized by scholars at the universities of Chicago, Maryland and the Hoover Institution demonstrated that technology is helping reduce inequality in the world. Bary S. Bercker, Tomas J. Philopson, and Rodrigo R. Soares compared “the welfare value of gains in life expectancy with gains in income” to get the “effect of life expectancy on the evolution of world inequality.”

The war against mealy peaches

Saturday, January 1, 2005 - 03:00
By Christina MacCulloch, Santiago, ChilePremium peaches that somehow become mealy and develop internal brown spots during shipment; table grapes that fall off the vine prematurely; wine grapes whose flavor is spoiled by viruses—these are the things that can keep Chilean grape and wine producers awake at night.

From the laboratory to the investment fund

Saturday, January 1, 2005 - 03:00
By Christina MacCulloch, Santiago, ChileWhen Geraldyne Mlynarz decided to write a graduate thesis for her agronomy degree on the biotechnology of virus detection in fish, she never dreamed that the topic would lead her and her thesis advisor to become genetic entrepreneurs.

Government procurement over the Internet

Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 03:00
The market for procurement by the Chilean government, which runs about $7 billion annually, has been dramatically transformed in the course of less than a year. A government reform aimed at procuring all goods and services over the Internet—using a website that also provides the details of all contracts and bidding results—has affected all public institutions.