National digital agenda alliance proposes initiatives to congress

Monday, April 18, 2011

The national digital agenda (ADN) alliance has presented its proposal to Mexico's congress for personal, business and government ICT use to make the country more competitive, according to a release from local IT association Canieti.

Canieti and two other local ICT organizations, Amipci and Amiti, who head the alliance, submitted a document for legislators to drive the reforms necessary for the project. The initiative was already presented to executive branch officials to get them on board with the initiative, and to act as its coordinator at a national level.

According to the representatives, to help support the initiative regulatory actions are needed in the way of digital literacy, guaranteeing security, policies and support for ICT adoption among micro and SMEs, improving government efficiency, and general support for the sector's development.

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ADN alliance member and president of the senate's science and technology committee, Francisco Castellón, said the public policy recommendations include a digital literacy program to train all of the population over the age of 6 in basic ICT, as well as creating necessary infrastructure for bringing technology to the public.

The ADN initiative also aims to eliminate the country's excise tax on the telecommunications sector for cable, internet and mobile services.

VP of Amiti's board of directors Octavio Márquez said the ADN initiative looks to align the objectives, policies and actions of societal actors to generate competition by strengthening ICT in Mexico. One of its main objectives is contributing to GDP growth in the next 5-10 years, and making Mexico an ICT leader in Latin America.