Representatives of government, the private sector, the technical community and civil society will participate on November 16-18, 2022 in the Eighth Ministerial Conference on the Information Society in Latin America and the Caribbean, which will take place in Montevideo, Uruguay, organized by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) in conjunction with the Government of the Eastern Republic of Uruguay.
The Conference aims to define a set of policy priorities at the regional level to drive digital transformation with a vision of sustainable development, in the framework of the Digital Agenda for Latin America and the Caribbean (eLAC 2024).
The inauguration will take place on Wednesday, November 16 at 10 a.m. local time in Uruguay (GMT-3) and will feature the participation of the Presidency of the Eastern Republic of Uruguay; José Manuel Salazar-Xirinachs, Executive Secretary of ECLAC; Pablo Ruíz Hiebra, United Nations Resident Coordinator in Uruguay; and Hebert Paguas, Executive Director of the Agency for e-Government and the Information Society of Uruguay.
After the opening session, ECLAC’s Executive Secretary, José Manuel Salazar-Xirinachs, will present a position document entitled A digital path for the sustainable development of Latin America and the Caribbean.
The meeting’s panels will address issues such as investment, infrastructure and connectivity; governance and regulation and a regional digital market; innovation, entrepreneurship and digital transformation; digitalization for greater inclusion; competences and skills for societies in transformation; cybersecurity and critical assets; digital trade and SMEs; green transition in a digital world; smart cities; digital government and citizen participation; and cooperation and strategic alliances for a new digitalization, among other topics.
Digital technologies are essential tools for boosting productivity and growth, and have significant effects in various areas critical to development such as health, education and government. That is why the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) consider access to these technologies and the Internet to be one of their main goals.
This year, 2022, marks 17 years since the first regional digital agenda was approved, in a process that has allowed for consolidating a shared vision on the role of digital technologies for development, as well as promoting the exchange of experiences, capacity development, policy dialogue and knowledge generation.
Journalists interested in covering the meeting in person must get accredited via the following link.
The Eighth Ministerial Conference on the Information Society will also be transmitted online via distinct platforms.
The meeting’s full programme, along with general information, is available on the website that was specially created for this event: https://conferenciaelac.cepal.org/8/en
What: Eighth Ministerial Conference on the Information Society in Latin America and the Caribbean
When: Wednesday, November 16 to Friday, November 18, 2022
Inauguration, Wednesday, November 16, 10:00 horas local time in Uruguay (GMT -3):
- Presidency of the Eastern Republic of Uruguay
- José Manuel Salazar-Xirinachs, Executive Secretary of ECLAC
- Pablo Ruíz Hiebra, United Nations Resident Coordinator in Uruguay
- Hebert Paguas, Executive Director of the Agency for e-Government and the Information Society of Uruguay.
Where: Annex to the Executive Tower/Edificio Anexo a la Torre Ejecutiva. Liniers 1280 (Montevideo)
Also via virtual connection on various platforms: