Chile Plans to Create Transparency Web Portal

18 April 2011

By Emilene Martínez

On April 15, the Council for Transparency (Consejo para la Transparencia) and the General Secretariat of the Presidency signed an agreement to develop a Transparency Web Portal. The signing ceremony took place at Palacio de La Moneda and was attended by Chilean government officials, members of the Council and representatives from civil society.

The Transparency Web Portal will be a one-stop shop where access to information requests can be made electronically to all Chilean authorities subject to Law 20.285 on Transparency and Access to Information. On this portal requesters will also be able to follow up on the status of their requests.

The development of this portal will be a joint effort between the Council for Transparency and the General Secretariat of the Presidency. Once the portal is accessible to the public, the Consejo will be able to gather important statistical information on compliance to requests – this information is currently managed by the Presidency.

“This portal will put the best technology available to access public information in the hands of citizens so they can assert their role as owners of the State” said Christian Larroulet, Minister Secretary General of the Presidency.

The Portal de Transparencia del Estado de Chile is the most important initiative on e-government in recent years. This agreement is a milestone in the development of a transparency policy in the country and is part of the events that will mark the second anniversary of the Chilean Access to Information Law.

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