The disclosure comes as officials from Latin America and the Caribbean meet here until Wednesday discussing the new regional digital agenda, “eLAC2020,” indicating that the technological revolution underway requires a constant updating of digital public policies, in line with the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and a commitment by all stakeholders.
According to the data, many people in Latin American and Caribbean use the Internet as compared to seven years ago, when the figure was one-third and that access to mobile broadband has nearly doubled in the region, although it is still far from the levels seen in developed countries.
The meeting here will include five debate panels on the issues of the role of digitalization and innovation in implementation of the 2030 Agenda, the regional digital market, data-based innovation, the industrial Internet and inclusive digital development, in addition to the discussion session regarding the eLAC2020 Digital Agenda.
Speaking at the start of the preparatory meeting for the Sixth Ministerial Conference on the Information Society in Latin America and the Caribbean, ECLAC’s executive secretary, Alicia Bárcena, said in a scenario of low regional growth and rising protectionism in the world, “it is necessary to implement policies for structural change in Latin America and the Caribbean, prioritizing the adoption of digital technologies as catalysts of productivity, growth, inclusion and environmental sustainability”.
She also highlighted the approval of four action plans since the First Ministerial Conference on the Information Society, which took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2005.
Barvena said that these plans have consolidated the eLAC process as a regional agenda for defining national strategies and as a space for the exchange of good practices and cooperation.
In that framework, she called for overcoming five big digital gaps related to infrastructure; innovation based on big data; the digitalization of production; training in digital abilities; and the articulation of digital and cybersecurity policies.
- Countries: Caribbean