First exchange of electronic file between state agencies
On August 15, in the Press Room of the Executive Tower, a conference was held on the first electronic interconnection between three agencies in our country: the Central Bank of Uruguay (BCU), the Court of Accounts (TCR) and the AGESIC (Agency for the Development of the Government of Electronic Management and the Information and Knowledge Society).
The conference was attended by the authorities of each agency, as well as that of the Deputy Secretary of the Presidency, Dr. Diego Cánepa.
Some of the main points mentioned in the meeting were the following: participatory citizenship, efficiency and effectiveness of state management, as well as the appropriate use of Information and Communication Technologies.
In 2013 AGESIC introduced several improvements in the electronic government platform, including integration with the Electronic File Traceability and Traceability Application (ARTEE), to facilitate the exchange of files.
This enabled the first electronic file exchange between the BCU and the TCU to be completed last December. This initiative responded to an inter-institutional cooperation to achieve one of the main objectives proposed by the Electronic Government: modernize public management.
The project of electronic file produces the "departalisation" of the entities that apply it, betting on an interoperability capable of being more efficient and at a lower cost than the one that produced the use of paper. On the other hand, citizens benefit from the acceleration of processes, the demands for information (improving access) and shorter waiting times.
These paper elimination initiatives are not new, remember that in 2009 STATUM won a bid from the Uruguayan government to provide a tool and implementation methodology for Document Administration Management and Business Processes throughout the State. This tool is known as ApiaDocumentum and is based on the Apia BPMS technology.
The goal set by AGESiC for the present 2014 was that the entire Central Administration had the electronic file, and currently, there is only one ministry to complete its full implementation. These events have motivated Uruguay to become the leading country in Electronic Government in Latin America and the Caribbean.
This paper elimination model is extended to other forms of documentation and business processes thanks to the Apia BPMS platform, so that institutions manage to automate electronic files, seeking to converge in better business processes.
Its implementation has also encompassed some intendancies and fewer and fewer institutions are counted outside the appropriation of electronic government. The final purpose is that all state agencies are interconnected to the service of citizenship.