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TECHNOLOGY TO INCREASE GOVERNMENT EFFICIENCY AND TRANSPARENCY

  November 20, 2003

Axesnet Corporation and the Organization of American States (OAS) today signed a US$ 900,000 agreement to promote the use of electronic government in modernizing the operations and services provided by municipalities in the region. The agreement will include the donation of 30 licenses of the "Habitat Gov Platform" program developed and distributed by Axesnet Corp. as well the firm's resources to train public officials in its usage and management. By using these platforms, 30 municipalities will be able to develop their own government portals to improve and modernize services offered to their citizens, make their procurement operations easier and ensure transparency.

Commenting on the agreement, the Director General of the IACD, L. Ronald Scheman said: "Since many countries in Latin America and the Caribbean are decentralizing their governments, increasing the efficiency, productivity and transparency of their municipalities is key to strengthen democracy and boost development in the region. Technology is an innovative and visionary instrument to achieve this goal."

At the signing of the agreement, Jorge Torrico, the Commercial Director for Axesnet expressed his satisfaction at contributing to the work of the Agency in the region. "Axesnet has been developing technology tools for leading private and public sector institutions in the Americas for more than eight years, providing them with solutions to increase their productivity. In this context, we view with pleasure, the opportunity to work with the Inter-American Agency for Cooperation and Development and feel that our partnership provides the ideal context within which to successfully promote and implement this initiative."

The agreement was signed on November 20th, 2003 during the IACD Board Meeting held in Washington D.C. To learn more about this program, please contact Mr. Antoine Chevrier, the acting head of the Best Practices Program at the IACD/OAS at achevrier@oas.org or Mr. Jorge Torrico at jorget@axesnet.com

Reference: IACD-20-03