Interior ministry signs agreement with OAS to implement e-govt initiatives

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Thirty municipalities in Paraguay will implement e-government initiatives through an agreement signed between the interior ministry and the Organization of American States (OAS), according to a statement from the president's office.

With a US$7.26mn contribution from OAS' political affairs department and US$690,000 in counterpart funding from the interior ministry, OAS's MuNet e-government platform will be implemented in the municipalities.

The program has the objective of offering efficient and transparent services to Paraguayans, acting as a tool to promote public participation.

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The initiative is directed at modernizing municipal management of public services through e-government strategies, as well generating higher municipal investments to finance growing public expenditures.

Paraguay's interior ministry signed the agreement in October 2010. The 30 municipalities have now agreed to the project looking to adopt better practices in ICT use as a tool for development and strengthening institutional capacity.

MuNet was first executed in 2005 with 22 municipalities in 11 countries in the region, including Bolivia, El Salvador, Panama, Paraguay, Honduras and Costa Rica.