Rousseff puts weight behind IT in first days of presidency

Monday, January 3, 2011

In her first appearance as Brazil's president, Dilma Rousseff stressed her government's support for fostering innovation around communications and information technology.

"We have made strides in research and technology, but we need to go much further," the president said at her January 1 inauguration ceremony. "My government will support scientific and technological development in the mastery of knowledge and innovation as an instrument of productivity."

Rousseff attributed improved outlooks for Brazilian companies to public investments in research and development, saying thousands of jobs could be created as a result. She also pledged to push for IT structures that will facilitate government processes and simplify interactions with the Brazilian people, such as the taxation system.

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"The intensive use of information technology should be put at the service of an increasingly efficient system that is marked by its respect for the taxpayer," Rousseff said.

Rousseff had previously said her administration would make IT a priority, and promised to employ technology to make economic assistance, nutrition and educational programs more efficient.

The new president will also create a secretary of digital inclusion position within the communications ministry, according to a report from newspaper O Estado de S. Paulo, to help expand Brazilians' access to broadband and new media.