Dominican Republic advances towards an Electronic Government
SANTO DOMINGO. The executive director of the Presidential Office of Information and Communication Technology (OPTIC), Armando Garcia Piña, revealed that according to the United Nations ranking, one of the most used as a reference guide, the Dominican Republic is at 45% in terms of advances towards the Electronic Government.
He stressed that the average of Central America and the Caribbean is currently at 46%; “which is to say that we are in the average of what would be the median advance of the Electronic Government.”
“We have more or less created the support structure for what would be an open government which we think that starting in 2015 we can begin to harvest some of the fruits in the sense that we now have a platform where a large part of our institutions can in fact make available processable information or data which is what they call it, on their websites,” he stressed.
He highlighted that for this coming December, they hope to have more than 50 institutions with their websites certified, as well as to continue expanding the Unique Account of the Treasury, through which there are some 200 institutions which pay their employees electronically.
Garcia Piña said that the project of the Electronic Government relies on three fundamental columns such as the use of information technology and communication in the services offered by the state, transparency, as well as accessibility of the citizens in the presentation of accounts.
Regarding the aspect of transparency, he referred to the fact that the Directorate of Integrated Governmental Ethics (DIGEIG) was created to provide follow up on all the public institutions.
In this sense, he pointed out that according to the latest ranking of the DIGEIG, 84 institutions that are at the heart of the Government, have a transparency of between 77% and 80%, in the fulfillment of the protocols that have been defined through his agency.
Nonetheless, the official recognized that although they have achieved some of the goals and they can count on the political will, there still exist stumbling blocks for the complete development of the project.
He said that the office has a transverse function of the technological issue, but that some institutions when they are going to carry out some project call when they are finalizing the project or simply do not call.
In his judgment it is not been an easy job to achieve but he assured reporters from Diario Libre that they are working on the inter – institutional awareness.
“We have barely 2 years, 26 months exactly, at the head of this institution, and the truth is to lineup a complete structure of a state where there are many deformities in terms of the processes, of the wills, the different levels of discretion in decision-making is not something easy,” he noted as he took part in Dialogo Libre sponsored by the Diario Libre newspaper which was headed by the director Adriana Miguel Tejada, the deputy director Ines Aizpun, and the editor-in-chief Nelson Rodriguez.
Digital signatures will begin in the first quarter of 2015
The director general of the Presidential Office of Information and Communication Technologies (OPTIC), revealed that digital signatures will begin in three state institutions in the first quarter of 2015.
He referred to OPTIC itself, the Chamber of Deputies, and the Ministry of the Presidency, where the system will function as a pilot plan. He stressed that with the use of the digital signature documents issued by the state will be authenticated.
He reported that OPTIC requested Indotel to be the first certifier of government’s digital signatures.
He told how in a first stage, due to the fact that the government is required to make many investments in infrastructure, this project will start out using a hybrid platform, so that it will have to support itself with a Spanish company.
He said that this firm will supply cloud services initially while OPTIC constructs the platform and achieves its autonomy within the Data Center, which is also in the project stage. This process, as he understands it, could take some two years approximately.
The provincial committees are present in the projects
The Presidential Office of Information and Communication Technologies (OPTIC), ordered the creation of provincial committees, with the idea of integrating the cities and towns in the projects which the institution is carrying out.
The executive director of OPTIC, Armando Garcia Piña, indicated that these committees operate using the Governor’s office as their base of operations and these also include the city governments, the NGOs made up of the civil society and a representative of the public institutions in the province.
“We give them participation in everything offered and implemented by the Electronic Government, and the idea is that this mechanism is not only adopted by OPTIC, but also other institutions that have technological projects,” he noted. He pointed out that at the present time they have committees in the South, East, North West, the Northeast and Santiago.
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