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  June 19, 2003

The Inter-American Agency for Cooperation and Development(IACD), an Organization of American States agency, is launching a new Internet-based initiative to accelerate the application of information technology to improve government efficiency and transparency. The E-Government Best Practices Forum will be conducted inter-actively on the Internet once a month.

According to Ron Scheman, Director General of the IACD, who initiated and sponsors the forum, “The objective of this initiative is to provide practical experience and best practices for leaders of E-Government strategies in each of the member states of the OAS and to familiarize them with the plans of their colleagues who share similar responsibilities in other countries.”

The forum will provide strategy makers an opportunity to review lessons learned and interact on-line with leading practitioners on specific key issues. The participants have been selected and invited by the IACD, according to their national responsibilities in the development of E-government.

During 2003 the focus will be on organization and process to formulate and implement national E-Government strategies with speakers from Chile, Canada and Brazil. The speakers will explore what had to change, how did they get there, who was responsible, the results and the costs and benefits—the practical what, how, who and results.

The first on-line session will be held on July 16 at 3:00 p.m. EST, when the first speaker and all participants will engage in a 3-hour live interactive discussion.

During 2004 the forum is expected to involve leaders from Costa Rica, Mexico and the United States.


For more information, contact Federico Sobisch (

Reference: IACD-0619