In March 2016, Brazil and Denmark signed a partnership agreement for increased innovation and digitization of the public sector in Brazil. The agreement is designed to help Brazilians to reduce corruption and at the same time pave the way for growth of Danish companies in the South American country. Two Brazilian delegations have visited Denmark to learn about our experience with digitization, and one of the first concrete results of this collaboration has now materialized: Brazil's own version of NemID – the first prototype to be launched in March..
The Brazilian NemID does not use a code card like the Danish version. Instead, it uses a combination of a personal password chosen by the user and a code sent by SMS. So far, two of the largest banks in Brazil have expressed an interest in the system. Going forward, an increasing number of public sector and private services will be added to the log-on solution.
“In Brazil, digital self-service enables citizens to avoid some of the layers of bureaucracy that often drag people into minor corruption—the temptation to pay a little extra to speed up the often lengthy paperwork process. For example, when you buy a car, you need to obtain permits and stamps from numerous governmental offices, a process that can take months. With digitization, the process becomes much faster and more transparent,” explains Gustav Christoffer Jensen, digital growth Counsellor at to the Danish Embassy in Brazil. One of the first services of the new system is a Brazilian version of the Danish website www.enklereregler.dk, through which companies can make the government aware of complicated rules that make it harder to do business.
In the long term, the intention is that the Brazilians will be able to use many of the same kinds of digital self-service solutions as the Danish www.borger.dk and www.virk.dk, which allow citizens and businesses to communicate directly with public entities.
Read the Danish article here.