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Costa Rica's government has signed an agreement with the Organization of American States (OAS) to bring the multilateral's efficient and transparent municipalities initiative, MuNet e-government, to the country, according to a release from the president's office.
The agreement - signed by the technical secretariat of digital government for state telco ICE - calls for MuNet to be implemented during one year in 30 Costa Rican municipalities, starting in May.
MuNet's main objective is to assist in modernizing municipalities, using e-government to strengthen institutional capacity and improve key aspects of their operational efficiency and transparency, making it easy to create and publicize information. Another goal is to make municipal services available through local governments' portals.
According to ICE's director of the digital government technical secretariat, Alicia Avendaño, the program will offer diagnostic, training, consultation and technical application services to municipalities.
Participating in the agreement's signing, Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla said the program will further government efforts to strengthen and decentralize local governments, as well as promote the digital agenda.
MuNet was first executed in 2005 to 22 municipalities in 11 countries in the region, including Bolivia, El Salvador, Panama, Paraguay, Honduras and Costa Rica in the municipalities of Belén and Curridabat.