In statements to Prensa Latina here, the head of the Cuban to the annual WSIS follow-up meeting said that he shared Cuba’s experience in digital transformation and the contribution of local platforms, in a global scenario dominated by the monopoly of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).
In our opinion, this is a key issue, with components that range from the interest in preserving the peoples’ cultural identity to saving resources, he commented in the context of the forum, which is taking place from March 13 to 17.
According to Gonzalez, in Cuba, the will to make the most of the human capital trained thanks to the Revolution’s inclusive policies prevails, which in the field of ICT are already bearing fruit.
We have made progress in electronic Government and Commerce, thanks to the use of national initiatives, an area where we can already speak of more than 260 government platforms or portals, with a conception that goes beyond the idea of a presence on the Internet to point towards the interaction with citizens, he explained.
The first deputy communications minister pointed out that this vision translates into easy access to services and the possibility for the population to participate, give their opinion and suggest through these portals, with new projects that will come to simplify procedures and the use of digital signatures and payments.
Regarding the steps taken so far, he also mentioned the materialization of two collection and payment gateways, one of them in the telephony sector, with more than four million users.
Our strategy is to promote this process of digital transformation with a sovereign approach, in a challenging scenario, due to the real limitations caused by the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States for more than 60 years, he warned.
The third day of the follow-up forum in 2023 to the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), an instrument that seeks to close the North-South gap in access to ICTs, brought good news for Cuba, upon receiving the status of champions two of his projects.
We have been participating for several years precisely with our own solutions and initiatives in digital transformation, this time with four projects, one from the University of Informatics Sciences (UCI), two from the Computing and Electronics Youth Club, and one from Cubarte, attached to the Ministry of Culture, he told Prensa Latina.