| ||NOTICE OF THE 2ND MEETING OF MINISTERS AND 4THMEETING OF E-GOVERNMENT AUTHORITIES OF LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN|
Within the sphere of the Organization of AmericanStates
San Jose, Costa Rica, November26 and 27, 2012
The2nd Meeting of Ministers and the 4th Meeting of NationalAuthorities of e-Government of Latin America and the Caribbean was held in SanJose, Costa Rica, on November 26 and 27, 2012, upon the invitation of theOrganization of American States and the Technical Secretariat of DigitalGovernment of Costa Rica, within the framework of the Network of e-Governmentof Latin America and the Caribbean (Red GEALC).
Representativesof twenty-nine countries of the region, coming from Antigua and Barbuda,Argentina, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica,Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti,Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, St. Kitts & Nevis,Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago,Uruguay, and Venezuela took part in the meeting, as well as observers from thecivil society, the private sector, the technical community and cooperationorganizations.
Duringthe meeting, the following messages weredelivered on the development of e-Government in the region:
i) Werecognize e-Government is a valuable tool to strengthendemocracies, social inclusion, and the increase of competitiveness.
ii) Weemphasize e-Government initiatives should be citizen-centred inits design and that the benefits of e-Government should equally reach allcitizens.
iii) Werecognize the need of sharing experiences, solutions, andknowledge as a mechanism to accelerate e-Government progress and to promote thesynergies for the implementation of collaboration-leveraged initiatives.
iv) Wereiterate the commitment to modernization and innovation inpublic administration supported on information and communication technologiesis an excellent opportunity to increase efficiency, transparency and citizenparticipation, bearing in mind issues such as open government and open data,the use of social networks and mobile devices, privacy and data protection,research and evaluation of projects.
v) Werecognize regionally produced research is part of theconsolidation of strategies of e-government in public management.
vi) Weemphasize the support offered by international organizations andinternational cooperation institutions for the progress of e-Government in theregion.
TheOrganization of American States wasentrusted to:
i. Facilitatethe coordination among the organizations interested insupporting the progress of e-Government in the region and promote thierconnections with Red GEALC.
ii. Organizethe 3rd Meeting of Ministers and HighAuthorities of e-Government of Latin America and the Caribbeanin the year 2014, at a location to be decided upon holding talks with Red GEALCmember countries.
iii. Keepup its support to regional e-Government activitiesthrough Red GEALC with the support of other international organizations andfacilitating the cooperation coordination among countries.
iv. Promoteregional and global political discussions such as theOAS General Assembly, the Summit of Presidents of the Americas, the WorldSummit on Information Society and the eLAC Regional Plan as well as Red GEALCmember countries’ considerations regarding e-government.
TheGovernment of Costa Rica, the Inter-American Development Bank, theInternational Development Research Centre of the Government of Canada, and theOrganization of American States werethanked for their work to organize this 2nd Meeting of Ministersand 4th Meeting of National Authorities of e-Government of LatinAmerica and the Caribbean, as well as the people of Costa Rica for their kindhospitality.