Mobile Government’s strategic frame, its strategies and the governance model, were the main issues addressed in the Mobile Government Strategic Agenda workshop, organized by the National Authority for Government Innovation (AIG).
Engineer Irvin A. Halman, general manager of AIG, said that this meeting is to focus on the specific actions that support inclusion, connectivity, good government practices and State transparency, in order to provide optimal services.
In that way, Halman, believes that “the spread of smart phones has been able to lead technology, giving mobility impulse to reach the citizens wherever they are. For example, there are certain services that they apply and have been highlighted within our work done by consultants, the public and private sector, and therefore we can identify which actions we can get working on at a short, medium and long term, in order to develop a knowledge-based society and achieve a greater literacy and use of digital tools.
The technology leader stated that the universal access to internet, which is within the “Digital Agenda” of the next 5 year period, is intended to reach a 2.0 National Network of higher speed, by means of broadband and optic fiber, achieving higher content, more applications and coverage at a National level, likewise the E-government services development.
Pablo Ruidiaz, AIG’s director of Internet, Inclusion and Mobility, who explained about the 2015 Launch Strategy and the Governance Model, and concluded that the workshop had been done to share the Government’s initiative which goes beyond the mobile device, with all the currant sectors.
"We have identified a tool that serves as a reference, a pilot project which will help coordinate many ideas between several institutions”, remarked Ruidiaz, as he mentioned that the project had already been presented as "Panamá Informa or Gobierno Abierto" (Panama Informs or Open Government), and that in that regard it has been thought of a system of official notifications to the citizen which can be used as a strategic agenda pilot.
During the event, local authorities, Panama mobile phone companies’ representatives and private bodies were present, Information and Communication Technology experts whom showed great responsiveness and satisfaction towards the invitation of being part of the Mobile Government Strategic Agenda’s proposal.
Outstanding among the people present were the Minister of Social Development, Alcibíades Vásquez Velásquez; the University of Panama’s General Secretary, Miguel Ángel Candanedo; Panamanian Chamber’s President of Information, Innovation and Telecommunication Technology (CAPATEC), Roberto Melo; Deputy Minister of MIDA (Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock development), Esteban Girón; furthermore, the consultants Rubén Cabal y Juan Pablo Palomares, being these two later ones whom explained the Project’s Strategic Framework and the General Presentation together with their diagnoses and initiatives, respectively.