Economics ministry plans to provide more citizen access

Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Comercio photo This is one of the devices that will be readied for the public.

The Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Comercio unveiled a machine Wednesday that workers called a virtual office that gives residents access to the government administrative services, Internet and communication networks.

The goal of these computerized stations is to make procedures and public information quicker and easier to access, said spokespersons.  They will also cut down on the amount of paper the government uses.

“Thanks to the cooperation through the Fundación Europea, we can move forward on the issue of improving regulations and simplifying procedures, by making available these digital units that link citizens with the state and information technologies which facilitates access to the electronic services and streamlines various public procedures,” said Mayi Antillón, economics minister.

Users will have the ability to enter the ministry of economy Web site, use the Gobierno Digital platforms like CrearEmpresa and access PYMES de Costa Rica as well as other tools such as the Agenda Nacional de Iniciativas Ciudadanas, tourist information, Gaceta Digital and the official Gobierno de la República site. The  CrearEmpresa allows a user to file many of the documents needed to set up a corporation. The PYMES system is for small businesses.

The first machines will be located in the Colegio de Abogados y Abogadas de Costa Rica.  It is projected that by the end of 2013 a network of 120 electronic offices will exist in the country.  They will be available to the public in the municipalities, malls and various offices.

“These devices will benefit the simplification of formalities and contribute to greater transparency towards citizens, allowing them to perform procedures for certification, registration and consultations, among others,” said a release.

The systems appear to have much more content than the current Gobierno digital terminals that are in public places now.

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