Proposal to develop national digital agenda presented to authorities

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

A proposal for developing a national digital agenda (ADN) in Mexico was presented to officials by a working group made up of ICT industry, legislative and academic representatives, according to a press release from local IT association Canieti.

Representatives were on hand to present the proposal from Canieti and two other local ICT associations - Amiti and Amipci - as well as senate science and technology committee president Francisco Castellón and the lower chamber's special committee on digital access president Rodrigo Pérez-Alonso.

According to Amipci president Mauricio Braverman, the presentation was made to get the executive branch on board to act as coordinator for the strategy at a national level.

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The coordinated effort is expected to lead to setting aggressive goals, policies and action with detailed, long-term and supervised programs that generate growth, Braverman said. The idea is to help Mexico to better compete globally through technology.

Additionally, the ADN looks to drive GDP growth in the next 5-10 years. Canieti president Santiago Gutiérrez said the agenda's actions and policies will need to be integrated with national development plans to meet this goal, which stems from OECD studies that recognized a relationship between a country's ICT investment and GDP.

Castellón said the agenda's various areas include promoting development of individuals and organizations in a digital environment, safeguarding security and rights in the information society, growing telecoms infrastructure and developing the ICT industry and e-government at all levels.

Specific public policy recommendations include a digital literacy program to educate 100% of the population older than six in basic ICT use, as well as building the necessary infrastructure to bring technology to citizens.

The initiative would also seek to create internationally applicable standards, protect cross-border transactions and strengthen mechanisms for prosecuting cybercrime.

In relation to telecoms, the working group highlighted the need to encourage national and foreign investment; to boost broadband and convergent services coverage, especially in rural and marginal areas; and to encourage greater use of public infrastructure to grow national coverage.

The group also emphasized a need to eliminate the country's special tax on production and services in telecoms to drive activity.