XVII Annual Meeting of the Inter-American Digital Government Network (RED GEALC)
This year, the most important meeting of digital government authorities in the Americas was a historic event, since it was be held in the same city where our network was born exactly 20 years ago.
Throughout these two decades, we have embarked on an invaluable journey characterized by the will and practice of sharing knowledge and experiences in the field of digital government. We have learned from our successes and mistakes in e-government through horizontal cooperation, and this exchange has been fundamental in the development of digital transformation government agencies and ministries throughout the region. Together we have witnessed and actively participated in the growth and maturity of countries in the region that have embraced the path of cross-border digital services.
Today, we face new and ongoing challenges, from the growing importance of artificial intelligence to the constant need to address crucial issues such as cybersecurity. Additionally, we have jointly advanced vital areas such as digital signature, interoperability, government innovation and data management. For this reason, our meeting this year focused on global best practices, with the strong support of the hosting country Digital government Division, the Organization of American States (OAS), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and the government of the Republic of Korea.
What makes this XVII Annual Meeting of the RED GEALC even more exceptional is its synchronization in time and place with the E-Leaders meeting of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). This coincidence represents a unique opportunity for knowledge exchange and international collaboration.
This event is a historic occasion both for our region and for the global digital government landscape. It offers the opportunity to continue with the commitment assumed by the highest authorities of the region during the recent General Assembly of the OAS and to deepen the progress promoted by the IDB in various international bodies, as well as in the national agendas of our member countries.
Thus, in Santiago, Chile, the history and future of digital government are intertwined this year in a unique way. Together, we can continue to advance on the path of innovation and cooperation for the benefit of our nations and citizens.
2:30 p.m. – 2:35 p.m. – Opening video
2:35 p.m. – 3:10 p.m – Opening table
• Alain Dongo, Secretary of Government and Digital Transformation, PCM, Peru (country President of Red Gealc)..
• María Florencia Attademo-Hirt, General Manager Southern Cone Countries Department, and Country Representative in Chile, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).
• Luis Alberto Porto, Principal Advisor and Strategic Counselor of the Organization of American States (OAS).
• Son Sung-joo, Director of Digital Government Cooperation Division, Ministry of the Interior and Safety (MOIS), Republic of Korea.
• José Inostroza, Director of the Digital Government Division, Ministry of the General Secretariat of the Presidency, Chile.
3:10 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. – ECLAC’s words of welcome. Marco Llinás, Director a.i. of the Productive and Business Development Division
3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. – Central aspects of Digital Transformation in the Americas
3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. – Section 1: Data governance and artificial intelligence / Digital equity, Gender and commitment to digital Citizenship.
- Chris Fechner, CEO, Digital Transformation Agency, Australia
- Luanna Sant´Anna, Deputy Secretary of Digital Government, Ministry of Management and Innovation in Public Services, Brazil.
- Alain Dongo, Secretary of Government and Digital Transformation, PCM, Peru.
- Joao Dias, President, Agency for Administrative Modernization, Portugal.
- Moderator: Bárbara Ubaldi, Head of Digital Government and Data Unit, OECD.
4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. – Section 2: Cybersecurity / Digital identification and cross-border digital services.
- Adam Lebech, Deputy Director General, Agency for Digitization, Denmark.
- Alfredo Remon, National Director of Digital Governance, AIG, Panama.
- Miguel Ángel Amutio, Director of Cybersecurity Planning and Coordination, General Secretariat of Digital Administration, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation, Spain.
- Hebert Paguas, Executive Director, AGESIC, Uruguay.
- Moderator: Miguel Porrúa, Coordinator, Data-Driven Digital Government, IDB.
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Parallel thematic conversations
● Data governance and artificial intelligence.
Moderator: Mike Mora, Senior Specialist, Department for Effective Public Management, OAS
● Digital equity, Gender and commitment to digital Citizenship.
Moderator: Bárbara Ubaldi, Head of Digital Government and Data Unit, OECD.
Moderator: Miguel Porrúa, Coordinator, Data-Driven Digital Government, IDB.
● Digital identification and cross-border digital services.
Moderator: José Luis Hernández, Specialist, IDB.
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Networking cocktail
8:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. – 20 years of Red GEALC Dinner (by invitation)
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.– Institutional visit to the Palacio de la Moneda.
10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Coffee and installation of the second day of plenary sessions.
11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. – Successful experiences from Chile.
- José Inostroza, Director of the Digital Government Division, Ministry of the General Secretariat of the Presidency (MinSegpres).
- Daniel Velásquez, Head of Products and Services, Digital Government Division, MinSegpres.
- María Isabel Silva, Digital Services Experience Advisor, Digital Government Division, MinSegpres.
11:45 a.m. – 12:30 a.m. – Successful experiences from Republic of Korea
- Park Bo-kyung, Deputy director, Digital Platform Gov Initiative Committee: Digital Platform Government.
- Son Seong-joo, Director, MOIS: Public MyData.
- Yoon In-sik, Senior Director, MOIS: Utilizing AI for Public Data Analysis.
12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Investment in Digital Transformation.
- Luis Madariaga, ICT Advisor of Modernization of the State, M. of Finance, Chile.
1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. – Lunch break.
2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – fAIr LAC+ (IDB Artificial Intelligence Initiative)
- María Paz Hermosilla, GobLAB Director, Adolfo Ibáñez Universtity.
- Cristina Pombo, Senior Advisor of the Social Sector, IDB.
3:00 p.m. – 4.00 p.m. – International support for the digital agenda.
- Florencia Aguirre, Specialist, IADB.
- Valeria Torres, Head of Public Management and Open Gov. Area, ILPES, ECLAC.
- Yolanda Martínez, Overall Lead GovStack Initiative, ITU.
- Siim Sikkut, ex CIO of the Government, Estonia.
4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Coffee break
Internal work: Red GEALC Annual Assembly
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Assembly
- Approval of the 2023 Work Plan Report
- Approval of the 2024 Work Plan.
- 2024 Authorities election.
- 2024 Executive Committee group picture.
- Approval of the Santiago’s Commitment.
- Approval of the Assembly Act.
5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Closing Panel.
- Authority of the host country.
- Authority of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).
- Authority of the Organization of American States (OAS).
- New Red Gealc President country.
Thematic tracks (parallel and virtual).
● 2:30 pm – 4:15 pm – Cross-border Digital services and Emerging Technologies.
(Aula II, ILPES Sector)
○ Moderator: Roberto López, Manager, Red Gealc.
● 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm – Data Governance and Artificial Intelligence.(Medina Room)
○ Moderator: Mike Mora, OAS.
● 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm – Cybersecurity. (Executive Room, 4th floor, ECLAC)
○ Moderator: Ariel Nowersztern, IDB.
4:30 pm – 5:00 pm – Coffee break.
● 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Public Software and Cross-sectional Aspects.
○ Moderator: Javier Barreiro, Red Gealc
Previous Red Gealc Meetings
Red GEALC Annual Meetings are high-level 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.