Cabinet reshuffle not likely to affect digital agenda, says IT association

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Chilean communications and IT association Acti is confident the digital agenda will remain on course despite the government's cabinet reshuffle on Monday (Jul 18), which saw economy minister Juan Andrés Fontaine replaced by Pablo Longueira, ACTI president Raúl Ciudad told BNamericas.

The country's digital development project falls under the economy ministry, and ACTI collaborates in setting the topics and helping carry it out.

Ciudad said that seeing as it was the government that initiated these projects in the first place, there is no reason to believe that they will be altered.

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"The government has very clear goals. All of the projects we've started in the last nine months were agreed upon with the economy ministry and are directly related to these goals. These cannot be interrupted," Ciudad said.

"However, where changes in the ministry can have an impact is the fact that we have to present ourselves and our agenda again to the new minister. This has happened in every government and always means there will be some setback in the agenda. But it does not mean that the agenda will be changed."

"But I'm confident that minister Fontaine has passed onto Pablo Longueira the files of all of the agreements he made with us," Ciudad said.

The digital agenda includes a series of goals that include: ensuring adequate infrastructure for providing broadband, working to increase penetration and lower prices; e-government and promoting the use of digital documents and signature; and encouraging IT entrepreneurship and R&D.

The latter includes eliminating a special tax on software imports and removing obstacles for exporting services.

Also seen as being of fundamental importance is increased transparency - for example, in public purchases.