Important commitments were assumed for applying the IPv6 protocol
The San Salvador Commitment, signed at the closing of the II Ministerial Conference on the Information Society held in El Salvador in early February, includes the decision to implement national and regional actions geared towards promoting the adoption of the IPv6 protocol both at public as well as at private level.
As you may recall, during the meeting organized by the government of El Salvador with the support of CEPAL representatives from over 26 countries of our continent analyzed the factors that make it difficult for developing countries to use new Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). In this sense, a commitment was assumed to “Carry out actions geared towards promoting the adoption of the IPv6 protocol at the public and private levels, with a view to making all public services offered on IP protocol, as appropriate, available on IPv6 and ensuring that the main State infrastructure and applications are IPv6-compatible. Actions to be implemented will, to the extent possible, include the early implementation of requirements to ensure that governments procure equipment and applications that are IPv6-compatible."
Laura López, CEPAL Secretary, highlighted the fact that important agreements were reached which seek to ensure that societies can take advantage of these new tools for their development.
“One of the main achievements of this conference is that the governments of Latin America and the Caribbean have renewed their commitment to generating public policies to promote greater use of ICTs, the incidence/action/intervention in the development of IPv6-related policies in Latin America and the Caribbean.” “The set of goals agreed at the meeting evidences a strong technological imprint and has allowed us to assess the maturity of governments, as they have reacted in a positive manner to our organization’s efforts in terms of proposing technological policies and supporting the development of the region’s Information Society,” said Raúl Echeberría, Executive Director of LACNIC.
Ernesto Majó, LACNIC’s Institutional Cooperation Coordinator and also responsible for the FRIDA Program, stated that “a common problem is that a large part of the population does not have access to the different technological services; this, along with the issue of education, are two of the main issues we have approached through the FRIDA Program and where we have found common grounds and a challenge that we must continue to face together ".
eLAC is a platform that promotes regional integration and cooperation in the area of ICTs, and that acts as articulator between goals at international level and the continent’s needs and priorities.
After three intense days of work and negotiations, the II Summit concluded with a set of commitments, the majority of which seek to endow our societies with better conditions for making efficient use of ICTs in all areas.