Competitiveness in the production of goods and services is directly dependent on the adoption of digital technologies, meaning that having connectivity is vital.
The World Bank is analyzing the impact of the internet and mobile telephony in economic development and the "digital dividend" generated by improving economies in general and the business sector in particular, and its productivity through digital technologies.
While there is a clear need for a long term, consistent and sustained policy in Costa Rica, corporate and business interests are staging a war which is impeding the development of the Digital Government.
An article on Crhoy.com highlights the main concepts dealt with in a recent eLAC forum (Building inclusive and innovative digital societies in Latin America and the Caribbean), and reviews the current status of Costa Rica's digital agenda, which currently has as its central theme a long conflict between state agencies over which Government procurement system should prevail, and which of these departments should rule on the issue.
Importers are complaining that the "Regístrelo" (RegisterIt) digital system is malfunctioning, and that it is not possible to carry out the steps manually, generating delays of up to five months in these processes.
Although the official announcement of the implementation of the new platform emphasized that one of the benefits was the reduction of timeframes, the import sector is criticizing delays of up to five months in processing health records granted by the Ministry of Health. Added to this is the fact that the system was made obligatory, there was not a period for improvements and now there are no other official instruments to use to register products.
The Costa Rican Social Security Department may have spent that amount on the Single Digital Health Record System.
An article in Revistaitnow.com reports that "The Social Security Department of Costa Rica (CCSS by its initials in Spanish) made the investment over a period of 5 years, through which it has implemented all the modules of its files in 30% of primary health care."
From the first half of next year, all professional people will have to use the mechanism that has the same validity as paper documents.
This was announced by Carlos Vargas, CEO of Taxation. The goal "... is to have a tool to verify professional people's income, which is important for determining income tax (which is applied on the difference between income and expenses)", reported Nacion.com.
The implementation of a new electronic state correspondence platform for the country will save $3 million annually in paper, time and operating costs.
From a press release by the National Authority for Government Innovation (AIG):
The Cabinet Council has approved a special appropriation in the amount of $1.5 million in favor of the National Authority for Government Innovation (AIG), in order to promote an electronic state correspondence system.
Grupo ICE, composed of the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) and its subsidiaries Radiográfica Costarricense (RACSA) and Compañía Nacional de Fuerza y Luz (CNFL), joined the Chamber of Information and Communication Technologies of Costa Rica (CAMTIC) as a strategic partner since June 2009.
The Chamber of Information and Communication Technologies (CAMTIC for its acronym in Spanish) is a nonprofit private trade organization for IT companies representative in Costa Rica & Central America.
Operates in Costa Rica
Phone: (506) 22832205