Digital Transformation for Economic and Social Reactivation

The 6th E-Government Ministerial Meeting of Latin America and the Caribbean

November 18-21, 2020
The 6th E-Government Ministerial Meeting of Latin America and the Caribbean will be held on November 18th through 20th, 2020 in a virtual manner.

This is the most important regional meeting on the subject matter as it is the only gathering that brings together ministers with specific responsability on Digital Government. It is also an opportunity for Digital Government directors in the region to get in touch with each other and to learn from global leaders’ experiences. This meeting is organized by Red GEALC with the support of OAS, IADB and the government of Peru.

Given the regulations and precautions related to the coronavirus pandemic and resulting international travel restrictions, this Ministerial Meeting – which was originally planned to take place in Lima, Peru – will now be conducted in a digital format. This meeting will have the participation of the most important Digital Government leaders from the Americas as well as of well-known international speakers on the subject matter.

“Digital transformation for an economic and social kick-start” will be the central theme of this biennial Ministerial Meeting that aims at resizing the relevance of digital governments in the region in face of the deepest crisis in this century. The meeting agenda is attached to this invitation.

Digital government has proven to be a priority for the State as well as for the population at large. It is also a key tool for health-care and social management in connection to the COVID-19 crisis. Digital government has proven to be an essential tool to keep governments, societies and economies up and running, and it will also prove to be fundamental for an urgent kick-start of regional countries’ economies and societies.

Costa Rica assumes the virtual venue

As the country that holds the Presidency of the Red GEALC, Costa Rica assumes the virtual venue of the Ministerial Meeting 2020 given the difficult situation that Peru is facing.

As the event is virtual, all details regarding the operational and content aspects of the activity remain unchanged.

The time of the agenda is also kept unchanged (GMT-5) which also is the time of Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru, among other countries.

This VI Ministerial Meeting is more important than ever for the future of our countries and we encourage you to continue inviting your colleagues to register in this link, and to follow the plenaries with the best experiences and trends in digital transformation.


**Agenda Draft of the VI Ministerial Meeting of digital government of Latin America and the Caribbean, to be held virtually from November 18 to 20, 2020. (GMT -5).


8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m – Opening table

• Carlos Alvarado, President of the Republic, Costa Rica.
• Luis Almagro, Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS)
• Mauricio Claver-Carone, President, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).
• Chin Young, Minister of the Interior and Safety, Korea.
• Paola Vega Castillo, Minister from Micitt, Costa Rica (presiding country).

9:15 a.m. – 9:20 a.m. – Opening video

9:20 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. – Knwowledge for Digital Transformation

• Benjamin Roseth, Specialist on Modernization of the State, IDB.
• Bárbara Ubaldi, Chief of Digital Government and Open Data, OCDE.
• Jonas Rabinovitch, Senior Advisor for Innovation and Public Services, UNDESA.

Moderate: OAS

10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Good practices (I)

• Micaela Sánchez Malcolm, Secretary of Public Innovation (Argentina).
• Luis Oliva, Administrator, National Agency on Government Innovation (Panama).

11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. – Virtual Family Photo.

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. – Keynote speaker of the day
• Tonnie De Koster, DG CONNECT, European Commission
• Moderate: Lea Giménez, Division Chief, Innovation for Citizen Services, IDB.

Thematic tracks

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Six simultaneous rooms

Cybersecurity. Aviram Atzaba, Israel National Cyber Directorate .
Open Data. Antonín Garrone & Mario Restuccia, Etalab, France.
Digital Signature. Speaker from Spain.
– Maria de Fátima Fonseca. Secretary of State for Innotation and Modernization (Portugal).
– Roman Yosif. Director, Government LAB (Chile) & Yolanda Martínez, IDB Country Representative in Chile.
Interoperability. Siim Sikkut, Government CIO (Estonia).
Emerging Technologies. Mike Braken & Daniel Abadie, Public Digital.


9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.– Good practices (II)

• Paola Vega Castillo, Minister Micitt (Costa Rica).
• James Kwasi Thompson, Minister of State for Grand Bahama (Bahamas).
• Alejandro Peralta, Minister MiTIC (Paraguay).

9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – Good practices (III)

• Vladimir Handal, Secretary for Public Innovation (El Salvador).
• José Mario Reyes Hernández, Minister, Ministry for Management and Public Innovation (Honduras).
• José Macarrulla Tavárez, Minister of the Presidency (Dominican Republic).

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Keynote speaker of the day

•  Carme Artigas, Secretary of State for Digitalization and Artificial Intelligence, Ministry of Economics Affairs Digital Transformation (Spain) .

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Good practices (IV)
•  Cristián Monckeberg, Minister, General Secretariat of the Presidency (Chile).
• Enrique Cossich, Executive Director, Presidencial Commission on Open and Electronic Government (Guatemala).

11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.– excelGOV Awards voting ends.

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.– Good practices (V)

• Andrés Michelena, Minister of Telecommunications and the Information Society, Ecuador.
• Ciro Pitangueira, Under Secretary of Digital Government, Brazil.
• Marushka Chocobar, Secretary of Digital Government, Peru.

Internal work: Red GEALC Annual Meeting

2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. – Opening table

• Paola Vega Castillo, Minister from Micitt, Costa Rica (presiding country).
• Lea Giménez, Division Chief, Innovation for Citizen Services, IDB.
• James Lambert, Secretary, Secretariat for Hemispheric Affairs, OAS.

2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. – Approval of Work Plan Report 2020 and Working Plan 2021.

• Miguel Porrúa, Digital Government Clúster Coordinator, IDB.
• Mike Mora, Leading specialist in digital government, OAS.
• Roberto López, Manager, Red Gealc.

2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. – Election of authorities 2021.

3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Executive Committee Family Photo 2021.

3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. – Approval of the Cross-Border Digital Signature Promotion Document.

3:45 p.m – 4:00 p.m. – Approval of Ministerial 2020 Declaration.

3:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. – Closing.

• IDB Representative.
• Mike Mora, Leading specialist in digital government, OAS.
• New presiding country.



8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. – Korean panel.

• Yoon-seok KO, ICT technology strategy for economic reactivation post COVID-19, National Information Society Agency (Republic of Korea).
•  Soonman KWON, The ICT based counterstrategy of Korean government against COVID-19, Seoul National University (Republic of Korea).
• Eungsoo KIM, The preemptive strategy of Korean government for maintaining efficiency in the age of new normal, Ministry of Interior and Safety (Republic of Korea).

9:15 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.– Good practices (VI)

• Germán Rueda Jiménez, Vice Minister of Digital Transformation , MinTIC (Colombia).
• U.S. Digital Services, USDS (United States of America).
• Allyson West, Minister of Public Administration and Digital Transformation (Trinidad y Tobago).

9:50 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.– Latin America at the Digital Nations
• Emiliano Calderón Mercado, Coordinator of National Digital Strategy at the Office of the Presidency of the Republic (Mexico).
• Hebert Paguas, Executive Director, AGESIC (Uruguay).

10:30 – 11:30 – Regional Dialogue on Digital Policy
• All ministers participate.
Moderator: Moisés J. Schwartz, General Manager – Institutions for Development (IDB).

11:30 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. – Reading of the Cross-border Digital Signature Promotion Document.

11:40 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Reading of the Ministerial 2020 Declaration.

12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Closing table.

• Javier Urra, Chief of Operations, IDB  Costa Rica.
• Mike Mora, Lead Specialist in Digital Government, OAS.
• New Red Gealc presiding country.


Previous Ministerial Meetings

Red GEALC Ministerial Meetings are high-level biennial meetings that bring together leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean. They are a suitable environment where joint action among member countries is taken, horizontal cooperation is promoted and the direction and the trend of e-government is discussed. Along these lines, a space is created so that ministers and government experts can share their experiences and knowledge on the subject matter. Distinguished speakers and guests from other continents are also invited. The meeting’s purpose is to raise awareness, strengthen cooperation bonds and discuss jointly about the challenges that arise when developing public policies to modernize the state.

Ministerial gatherings take place once every two years. Digital government meetings for national directors are conducted every year.