President Luis Abinader announced that the Government will implement through the Digital Transformation Cabinet, belonging to the Ministry of the Presidency, the connectivity plan contemplated in the Digital Agenda 2030 through decree 527-21.
The agenda promises a broadband internet to connect all Dominicans, which seeks social inclusion and affordability, the closing of the digital divide and the development of a national digital economy, which contributes to sustainable economic and social development.
In addition, the provision of an institutional environment that promotes “a digital, open, inclusive, participatory and rights-based society”.
It points to an improvement in the efficiency and transparency of the Public Administration through the use and adoption of digital technologies.
The president explained that the strategy has 7 lines of action, 24 specific objectives, 116 lines of action and more than 100 projects.
Abinader said that the agenda aims to adopt digital technologies and train the human talent required for sustainable economic and social development, and seeks to raise the levels of competitiveness and productivity of the national economy through the development and incorporation of digital technologies in production processes.
Cyber security will be integrated to promote awareness and creation of secure digital environments. The agenda will be in force until December 31, 2030 and may be updated annually.
Present at the launching were the Vice President of the Republic, Raquel Pena; the Minister of the Presidency, Lisandro Macarrulla; also, the Administrative Minister, José Ignacio Paliza; the legal consultant of the Executive Branch, Antoliano Peralta and Pedro Antonio Quezada Cepeda, director of the Government Office of Information Technologies in the Las Cariátides hall of the National Palace.
The President defined this Digital Agenda 2030 as the roadmap for the economic and social reactivation after the pandemic, and also assured that it will raise the levels of productivity and national competitiveness, placing the Dominican Republic in a better position in global markets.
“Our citizens will develop new digital skills that will allow them to access better jobs. And it will increase social control and participation, with a more empowered and connected society,” he said.
According to the data provided, in 2003 the Dominican Republic was in eighth position in Latin America in terms of E-Government, according to the UN, but by 2020 it has moved up to 10th place.
Likewise, with the World Economic Forum’s Technology Readiness index, in 2003 the country was ranked seventh in the region, while by 2019 it had dropped to 10th place. As for the Global Competitiveness index, since 2003 the Dominican Republic has been ranked 9th in the region.