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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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National online portals and digital recognition mechanisms

National online portals allow for a single point of access to government services, thereby facilitating the interaction of citizens with the public sector and the provision of a unified image of the public sector to the society. As technologies advance, these portals have evolved to become user friendly, interactive and multichannel allowing access via computer, smartphone, other mobile devices or even a regular phone. A relevant example of national online portals is the one established by the Government of the UK that has been a reference to many governments in the LAC region and beyond for its ease-of-use and accessibility.

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