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ICT agencies meet after CARICOM heads of government approve single ICT space roadmap
Following the approval of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) single ICT roadmap earlier in February, the ICT cluster agencies in the region met last Friday to chart the way forward.

The meeting was held via videoconferencing that was anchored at the CARICOM Secretariat, Georgetown, Guyana, and included representation from the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU), as well as from the CARICOM Secretariat, CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS), Caribbean Centre for Development Administration (CARICAD) and the Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU).

Safer internet Day 2017
Today, more than 120 countries worldwide, including all 28 countries of the European Union, along with many organisational supporters, are celebrating Safer Internet Day (SID) for the fourteenth consecutive year. Initiated under the European Commission’s Safer Internet Programme and now continuing under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), which co-funds Safer Internet Centres in the member states, the day marks an annual opportunity to engage in making the internet a safer and better place for our children and young people.
New Uruguayan digital agenda drives transformation with equity
The Government of Uruguay approved the “Agenda Uruguay Digital 2020” entitled "Transformation with equity", which aims to advance in the country’s digital transformation in an inclusive and sustainable manner, with the smart use of technologies. This is motivated by the fact that more and more Uruguayans could take full advantage of the benefits of the information and knowledge society under equal opportunities.
Chile and Trinidad & Tobago won the excelGOV Awards 2016
The Awards of Excellence in Electronic Government (excelGOB) were selected on the first day of the IV Ministerial Meeting on Electronic Government by the participating authorities. The two categories of prizes are : Public service improvement and Public software.
Trinidad & Tobago won in the Public service improvement category with the ?Single Electronic Window (TTBizLink) for Trade and Business Facilitation? while Chile has received the Award in Public Software category with ?SIMPLE 2016 version?. The prize allows both countries to have a technical visit to the Republic of Korea, in order to observe the government digital solutions in one of the leading countries in these issues. 
Voting also included three special mentions: Economic Development (for the Chilean solution Clave Única), Open Data (for the Mexican Site Gob.mx) and gender approach (also for Gob.mx).  In addition, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Dominican Republic and Uruguay have received recognition for their horizontal cooperation.
Single Electronic Window (TTBizLink) for Trade and Business Facilitation is a secure, neutral and user-friendly IT platform which currently facilitates the delivery, of 46 trade and business related services online/electronically from the ?front-end?, i.e. end-users/applicants, to the ?back-end?, i.e. approvers. TTBizLink can be accessed anytime i.e. 24/7 from anywhere in the world. Since the launch of TTBizLink to present, over 7,120 individuals have registered to use TTBizLink 2,544 companies/business registered on the platform and over 800,000 applications have been received. 
SIMPLE 2016 version is a platform for the automation of electronic formalities and processes in a friendly, fast and easy way. It incorporates a simplified process designer, a procedures front desk, trays, notifications and integration for managing requests offering a flexible solution for digitizing processes.  It has simplified procedures and improved the quality of the services that must be offered to companies and the people . Because it free  it has been  of great use for new stakeholders such as local government administrations. It is being customized by other countries in the region (Honduras, Paraguay, Uruguay) who have added some improvements.
The ExcelGob are called by the Electronic Government of Latin America and the Caribbean Network (Gealc; acronym in Spanish) with the support of Organization of American States (OAS) and Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). 
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