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Government at a Glance: Latin America and the Caribbean 2017

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This second edition of Government at a Glance: Latin America and the Caribbean provides the latest available data on public administrations in the LAC region and compares it to OECD countries. It contains new indicators on public finances, centres of government, regulatory governance, open government, digital government and public procurement. This edition also includes a special feature on health budgeting.

After a decade of sustained economic growth reinforced by high commodity prices, economic conditions are deteriorating in the LAC region. In this context, LAC governments are expected to design and deliver more inclusive, transparent  and efficient policies. This report provides policy makers with performance measurements and offers comparative perspective. Good indicators are needed more than ever to help governments make informed decisions and tough choices, in order to  maintain progress and improvements in the region.

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Digital strategies

Citizens around the world are increasingly demanding to interact with their governments through digital platforms. At the same time, fiscal constraints force governments to operate efficiently and to create a competitive environment where citizens and businesses can manage their relationship with the public sector in the most convenient way. Information and communication technologies (ICTs), when implemented appropriately, have proven to be great allies in government efforts to streamline processes, eliminate paper-based transactions and set up single points of access to the public administration. International experience shows that the governments that have taken greatest advantage of the opportunities offered by ICTs to modernise the public sector are those that have undertaken a planning exercise (i.e. a digital strategy). This is a detailed planning exercise that includes the scope, financing, monitoring, rights and obligations of the affected parties, roles of the different actors and a governance framework providing coordination mechanisms. The exercise should gather as much political support as possible.

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