In December, Mexico will present the Action Plan for Latin America and the Caribbean for Digital Issues for the next three years, which seeks, among other objectives, universal access to digital services in the countries of the region, with emphasis on vulnerable groups and ensuring gender equality.

The Plan of Action of the eLAC 2018 Digital Agenda, so-called because it details the tasks to be undertaken over the next three years, will be presented at the World Summit on the Information Society to be held in New York in December.

Within the framework of the 5th Ministerial Conference on the Information Society of Latin America and the Caribbean, held in Mexico City with the participation of representatives of 18 member countries of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Alejandra Lagunes was appointed president of eLAC agency, which coordinates the region’s digital agenda, to spearhead efforts for the next three years. Actions will focus on the five axes comprising the eLAC 2018 Digital Agenda: Access and Infrastructure; Digital Economy, Innovation and Competitiveness; Electronic Government and Citizenship; Sustainable Development and Inclusion; and Governance for the Information Society.

At the conference, led by the Mexican Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary of ECLAC; and Alejandra Lagunes, Coordinator of the National Digital Strategy of the President’s Office, the agreements established in the eLAC mechanism for political dialogue, launched in 2005, were renewed, strengthening the process of regional integration regarding digital issues.

Likewise, the delegations from the 18 participating countries signed the Declaration of Mexico City, expressing the will of these countries to continue to strengthen regional cooperation in the digital field and outlining the objectives which the region proposes for the next three years to address the challenges faced by the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean in this area.

The 5th Ministerial Conference on the Information Society in Latin America and the Caribbean was jointly organized by ECLAC and the Mexican government. Participants included representatives of the host country and of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Dominican Republic, Uruguay and Venezuela.