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Spain launches e-Gov services for rural folk

Posted Dec 12 2008 1:18pm

Madrid: A new training programme aimed at promoting the use of eGovernment services by the citizens of rural areas and to break the digital divide was launched here.

The initiative is intended to bring the citizens of rural areas closer to all three levels of Government in Spain by enabling them to benefit from the approximately 900 central, regional and local public services available on the eGovernment portal ''.

Named 'Telecentres training and revitalisation plan', the €2 million project relies on the network of Telecentres; those free Internet access points located across Spain's rural areas.

Over 500 Telecentres trainers will instruct the population on how to perform operations via the eGovernment portal and to obtain information by electronic means.

Minister for Industry, Tourism and Trade Miguel Sebastián, said that following the successful deployment of Telecentres, his Department will concentrate its efforts on the "valorisation of the infrastructure" by adding "services associated to the Telecentres".

He informed that the launch of the 'Telecentres training and revitalisation plan' is the first measure in this direction, and that it is based on the training axis of the Avanza2 programme.

The plan has already started being implemented in 304 Telecentres in the regions of Andalusia and Asturias, with 150 dedicated trainers involved.
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