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MCTI updates Brazilian Strategy for Digital Transformation for the period 2022-2026

Bnamericas Published: Friday, November 18, 2022

By MCTI

This is a machine translation of the original press release issued in Portuguese

The Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI) approved the update of the Brazilian Strategy for Digital Transformation (E-Digital) for the 2022-2026 cycle. Ordinance No. 6,543 was published, this Thursday (17), in the Official Gazette. The entirety of the new digital strategy is available on the MCTI website at https://www.gov.br/mcti/pt-br/acompanhe-o-mcti/transformacaodigital

E-Digital 2022-2026 presents a renewed diagnosis of the challenges to be faced for the digital transformation of Brazil. In addition, it brings new actions to be implemented over the next four years, with the aim of harmonizing the initiatives of the Federal Executive Branch related to the digital environment and taking advantage of the potential of digital technologies to promote sustainable and inclusive economic and social development, with innovation, increase in competitiveness, productivity and levels of employment and income in the country.

"Brazil has made progress on many fronts of digital transformation in recent years. To continue advancing in the digital agenda, we are making available today the review of the Digital Strategy for the next four years", said the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Paulo Alvim. As an example of relevant initiatives for the sector, the minister mentioned the update of the ICT Law, the launch of the Brazilian Artificial Intelligence Strategy (EBIA), the implementation of the National Data Protection Authority (ANPD), the launch of the Brazilian instant payment (Pix), the public notice for the 5G auction and the unification of government services on the gov.br platform.

The E-Digital update, which occurs in four-year cycles, is based on the original structure of the Brazilian Strategy for Digital Transformation 2018-2022. The review is foreseen in Decree No. 9.319/2018, which establishes the National System for Digital Transformation (SinDigital), composed of E-Digital, its thematic axes and its governance structure.

Since the launch of E-Digital, society has been undergoing profound transformations regarding the use of digital technologies, boosted by the Covid-19 pandemic. The world is changing rapidly and, therefore, it is necessary to review the direction and prioritize resources to achieve the desired goals for the digital transformation in Brazil.

Between 2016 and 2021, the percentage of Brazilian households with internet access jumped from 70.9% to 90%, according to the Continuous National Household Sample Survey carried out by IBGE. The number of connected devices continues to grow at a rapid pace, and online sales already exceed 20% of retail sales.

Updating Digital Strategy is essential, as the world continues and will continue to be transformed by the internet and related digital technologies, such as the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, analysis of large databases (Big Data), computing cloud, mobile systems, social and collaboration networks, cyber-physical systems, deep learning , information security, cybersecurity, high-performance computing, quantum computing and, more recently, the metaverse.

Multisectoral effort

"E-Digital continues to be a collaborative, multi-institutional and multisectoral effort, aiming at the full insertion of Brazil in the new world that presents itself. The biggest challenge now is to accelerate the digital transformation, without leaving anyone behind", reinforced the secretary of Entrepreneurship and Innovation of the MCTI, José Gontijo.

The update of E-Digital for the 2022-2026 Cycle was carried out in partnership with the Center for Strategic Studies and Management (CGEE), a social organization supervised by the MCTI, with members of CITDigital and with the participation of various actors in society (bodies public, academia, private sector) that are related to the subject of digital transformation. Workshops with specialists, public consultations, technical meetings with the Thematic Chambers (Industry, Agro, Cities, Health and Tourism) were held to engage these actors.

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