The Ministry of Telecommunications presented the first Digital Agenda, a public policy instrument that promotes social, economic and political transformation associated with the massive adoption of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs).
Said presentation took place within the framework of the forum “Millenials, pandemic and technology; the challenge of changing in a digital world ”, in the auditorium of the Secretary of Higher Education.
“The Digital Agenda raises disruptive milestones for the next two years that will ensure the path traveled, among them: the First Digital Health Agenda of Ecuador, the Artificial Intelligence Strategy, the Unique Electronic Medical Record ” recognized the Minister of Telecommunications, Andrés Michelena .
The preparation began in December 2019 by the Ministry of Telecommunications and was in charge of public, private and academic organizations under the advice of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), in order to identify priorities and opportunities for transformation digital.
“The digital gap will deepen a social gap where there will be those who do not study, do not work due to lack of connectivity,” explained the minister, for which he stressed the importance of implementing actions to reduce these gaps.
The Digital Agenda includes five main axes: digital infrastructure, digital culture and inclusion, digital economy, emerging technologies for sustainable development and digital government.
Michelena said results can already be shown in some areas and that, for example, in digital infrastructure “60% 4G coverage” was achieved, the fiber optic network increased by “294%” and “more than 2,000 free wifi points ”.
In other areas, such as digital culture, the development of 1.3 million literacies was promoted, more than 860 thousand trainings in Infocentros, among others.
While in the digital economy the National Electronic Commerce Strategy was promoted and in the digital Government axis, Michelena highlighted that 78% of the procedures are already digitized and 600 procedures have been eliminated.
Likewise, this instrument aims to promote comprehensive reactivation during and after the pandemic, laying the foundations to prepare for other possible emergencies.
In addition, it will help consolidate the digital transformation and Industry 4.0 in Ecuador, in addition to promoting an electronic government, the 98% increase in mobile connectivity and 80% 4G coverage. (I)