The European Union (EU), in collaboration with international organizations, launched three projects to boost information and communication technologies (ICT) in Latin America, local press said on Wednesday.
The projects are part of the LIS2 Program, under which 22 million euros (some 17 million U.S. dollars) would be allocated for the sector from 2009 to 2012, reports released by the Economic Commission for Latin American and the Caribbean (ECLA) said.
Local press quoted the reports as saying that the projects would be executed by the ECLA, the Latin American Cooperation of Developed Networks (CLARA) and the Latin American forum of Regulation Entities of Telecommunications (Regulatel).
ECLA official, Laura Lopez, hailed the ICT development, saying that raising ICT's efficiency is fundamental for the region, in view of its potential to generate more profits and improve services in education, health and government.
Chief of the European Commission in Chile, Jaime Perez Vidal said that the benefits can be even bigger if these technologies are used with more intensity.
The LIS2 Program would boost the use of the ICT for the development and social inclusion, in order to strength the cooperation between the Latin American and European countries.
In the same way the program would also support the dialogue on political and social issues and it would boost the scientific investigation though the expansion and interconnection of developed networks in universities and investigation centers.