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SPOTLIGHT: Brazil's digital governance strategy

Bnamericas Published: Thursday, March 10, 2016

Amid an economic crisis that demands budget optimization and cost cuts, the Brazilian planning and budget ministry has outlined a roadmap with recommendations, terms and goals for the public sector's use of e-government services and solutions.

The initiative, called digital governance strategy, was enacted with a publication on Wednesday's federal gazette. The text received contributions during a public consultation process held last year. The timeframe for the full implementation of the strategy is three years.

According to the planning ministry's IT department, one of the main goals is that citizens can interact with and meet their government needs in a fast and simple manner through smartphones or tablets.

Among the chief pillars of the initiative is transparency through open data. The government also wants to accelerate the use of big data technologies, key to process larger amounts of information.

On the other hand, interoperability, integration of processes and databases, and a trained workforce capable of handling the tools – not to mention capex – loom as major obstacles, which can be particularly critical when it comes to small, remote and poor municipalities.

The planning ministry's IT department will be responsible for the verification of the implementation processes, which has different deadlines depending on the size and on how "raw" public departments are in terms of digitalization.

The government said it based the strategy on best practices worldwide and on recommendations by the UN and OECD.

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