Communiqué from the First Meeting of Ministers and High Authorities on Electronic Government of Latin America and the Caribbean within the realm of the Organization of American States, held in Montevideo in March, 2009.
THE MINISTERS AND HIGH AUTHORITIES ON ELECTRONIC GOVERNMENT OF LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN, have gathered in Montevideo, Uruguay, on March 5 - 6, 2009, to hold the Meeting of the Network of Electronic Government of Latin America and the Caribbean, RED GEALC.
WE REAFFIRM electronic government is a fundamental instrument for the promotion of efficiency, transparency and citizen participation in public activity, and therefore, a fundamental instrument to strengthen democratic governability and competitiveness.
WE ACKNOWLEDGE that electronic government must also be an instrument to bring about greater social cohesion.
WE STRESS that state modernization processes must benefit from the public sector transformation opportunities offered by electronic government.
WE REAFFIRM the value of inter-American cooperation as an effective mechanism to share in solidarity our knowledge, experiences, and good practices on electronic government.
WE FURTHERMORE ACKNOWLEDGE the importance of the support provided by international organizations, multilateral banks, and international cooperation bilateral agencies to build up such cooperation.
WE REQUEST THE ORGANIZATION OF AMERICAN STATES:
1. To continue providing support to activities related to electronic government in Latin America and the Caribbean, in accordance with the characteristics and needs of member countries, both through RED GEALC and other mechanisms.
2. To facilitate the holding of a regular meeting of Ministers and High Authorities of Electronic Government in the Americas to foster dialogue and experience exchange, cooperation and coordination in electronic government issues among all OAS member countries.
3. To seek a greater acknowledgement of the importance of electronic government as a means to strengthen democratic governability and competitiveness both before the General Assembly of the OAS and within the process of the Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Americas, whose fifth summit will be held in Trinidad and Tobago on April 2009.
4. To promote the coordination among the different international organizations that support electronic government activities in Latin America and the Caribbean.
WE THANK the Government and the people of Uruguay for their hospitality as host of this first Meeting of Ministers and High Authorities of Electronic Government of Latin America and the Caribbean.