Central government announces three more digital initiatives

The central government announced three more digital initiatives Wednesday, including a Web site that is supposed to aid in searching for information among the various government agencies.

The announcement coincided with the Congreso Innovación en Gobierno Digital that central government officials attended.

One initiative is a site operated for the Dirección Nacional de Pensiones of the Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social. There the estimated 58,700 pensioners from public jobs can access their files online. Nearly all that work is done manually now, said Sandra Piszk, the minister.

The portal for citizens will be www.gob.go.cr. The site is expected to go into operation Dec. 15.

The third initiative is called Proyecto Tecnoeducar, which
seeks to give computers with Internet connections to most of the rural public educational institutions.

The first beneficiaries are students in the cantons of Tarrazú, Santa María de Dota and León Cortés.

Edwin Mora, the local educational coordinator, used the conference to demonstrate the system. He contacted the Escuela El Cedral for a videoconference.

The pilot project eventually will include some 75 schools.

Part of the plan is to invite state agencies and private companies to donate used computers for the use of students, said Casa Presidencial.

The government already operates an online purchasing system, a network among municipalities and the Acuerdo Social Digital, which seeks to improve connection speed on the Internet, distribute computers to students and provide community locations where citizens can go online.

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