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Digital solutions in the public sector: first GovTech Index of Iberoamerica

In June 2020, CAF, the development bank of Latin America, and Oxford Insights published the first GovTech Index of Ibero-America, to measure the use of digital solutions in the public sector and innovative enterprises that add value to state management. Uruguay is among the countries at the top of the ranking.
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As reported in news from CAF's website, this index, presented in the study GovTech 2020 Index: Empowering govtech ecosystems in Ibero-Americaanalyzes the integration of technology-based entrepreneurial ecosystems linked to the public management of governments, and measures the maturity of govtech ecosystems, the dynamism of startup markets and digital MSMEs with a public vocation, and the degree of innovation of public institutions.


The study takes as a reference three variables - digital startups, government policies and procurement system - and concludes that Ibero-American countries need to apply more massively and efficiently the new digital solutions based on data to offer better services to citizens and put them at the center of their management.

Given the recent emergence of GovTech ecosystems, and considering the accelerating digital transformation of governments in response to the COVID-19 crisis, the study predicts that they will see a significant increase in the coming years.

Despite the heterogeneity of the region, the GovTech 2020 Index suggests that the most digitized countries are best positioned to take advantage of govtech ecosystems.

The GovTech 2020 Index ranking by country is led by Spain with a score of 6.6 out of 10, followed by Portugal (6.2), Chile (5.3), Brazil (5.2), Mexico (5.2), Uruguay (5.1) and Colombia (5), Argentina (4.1), Costa Rica (4), Peru (4), Panama (3.9), Dominican Republic (3.7), Bolivia (3.6), Ecuador (3.6), Paraguay (3.4), Venezuela (2.3).

The specific analysis of the Uruguayan case can be found on pages 84-87.


GovTech Index Report