Inter-American Development Bank selects the Galileo Company from Tenerife to improve tax administration in Latin America and the Caribbean
Galileo Ingeniería y Servicios is a company that have 25 year of experience in the market, which is specialized in the municipal modernization, public service consultancy and management system for the public administration. It works in Spain, America and West Africa.
In 1988, Galileo began its activity working in what are now its main line of action: the line of Management of Public Entities, Electronic Government and Economic Information System, and the line of Geographic Information System and Registry Management.
"Galileo´s registry solution has already been successfully implemented in the municipality of Tuluá in the departament of Valle del Cauca (Colombia), where it managed to eradicate the information gap that existed between the technical area and the economic areas of the administration, which made the registry inspection processes difficult."
Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has selected the Platform of Multi-country Registry Management of Galileo Ingeniería y Servicios Company from Tenerife as one of the three best open source technology solutions to improve the tax administration of more than 16,000 subnational government of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).
The IDB, which is the largest regional development bank in the world whose headquarter is in Washington D.C., launched last March a call for open source technology solutions applied to subnational taxation, according to Tenerife Licita, a platform of public-private cooperation to promote the international bids, promoted by the Cabildo de Tenerife and the Santa Cruz de Tenerife Chamber of Commerce.
Galileo IyS, a company with over 30 year of experience specialized in design, development and implantation of Systems and Management Processes in the Public Administrations in several countries in Europe, Africa and America, had to compete with a total of 37 open source tools that were presented by organizations and government from all over the world.
The Galileo Ingeniería y Servicios’ Platform of Multi-country Registry Management was one of the three tools selected by the specialist of the Divisions of Fiscal Management (FMM) and the Knowledge Management (KNM) of the IBD to be included in the Open Source Platform for Development. Thus, this technological solution is available to government interested in improving their tax agencies.
Likewise, the election of Galileo by the IDB has allowed the participation of the analyst and the head of the registry solution, Juan Antonio Ubalde, in the workshop “Digital Solutions for the Subnational Tax Administration” which was held last April in Washington. With the cooperation of Tenerife Licita, the delegate of Galileo travelled to the United States to present the Platform of Multi-country Registry Management in this workshop organized by the IBD and in where there were specialized institutions from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Mexico.
The delegate of Galileo also had the opportunity to exchange experiences and practices with the delegates of other international financial organizations, as well as to collect the positives feedbacks that his registry solution produce since “it alienates with the interests of the governments of the region to increase its control in the registry management as a key point of development and impact of their regions.
The president of the Chamber of Commerce, Santiago Sesé, points out the great leap that, in recent years, have made the business networks in Tenerife which is capable of competing and succeeding with extraordinary results, as Galileo IyS did in a global, complex and digital market”.
In this regard, the insular counsellor of Tourism and Internationalization, Alberto Bernabé, emphasizes that through the platform Tenerife Licita, 300 business opportunities have been offered through the international bidding process. “It is an excellent new that another of the members of Tenerife Licita, in this case Galileo IyS, is positioned through innovation, knowledge and talent before one of the main sources of financing for the economic, social and institutional development of Latin America and the Caribbean as is the IDB”.
On the other hand, the insular counsellor of Foreign Action, Delia Herera, underlines the role of Tenerife as a bridge to open and improve institutional relationships with other countries, establishing commercial and business bridges with other countries through contest abroad.
The choice of Galileo’s registry solution open a new channel of cooperation with the IDB that –in the opinion of Juan Antonio Ubalde - “will move to a greater presence in the region, where one of the sources of fiscal resources of the municipal governments is the property or real property tax”.
However, Galileo’s analyst explain that “in most countries of Latin America and the Caribbean the amount collected has a relatively low weight in the GDP, on average 0.39% of GPD compared to 1.1% in the countries of the OECD, hence the importance of implementing solutions such as our Registry Management Platform”.
However, the Galileo analyst explains that "in most countries of Latin America and the Caribbean the value collected has a low relative weight with respect to GDP, on average 0.39% of GDP compared to 1.1% in the countries of the region. OECD, hence the importance of implementing solutions such as our Cadastral Management platform ".
According to IDB data, in more than 16,000 municipal governments in LAC there is a great demand for technological solutions that allow to modernize the local management of tax administrations, at the same time that expands the capacity to have resources to respond to the needs of the population”.
The Platform of Multi-country Registry Management is aimed at those public entities that want to make an extensive and efficient use of the registry information in the multiple areas involved in an administration. It allows, among other aspects, management, consultation and continuous updating of the information of maps’ territory, physical and legal information of properties and owners, and the necessary information for the management of collections and taxpayers.
Galileo’s registry solution has already been successfully implemented in the municipality of Tuluá, in the department of Valle del Cauca (Colombia), where it managed to eradicate the information gap that existed between the technical area and the economic areas of the administration, which made the registry inspection processes difficult. Likewise, it allowed the planning area to integrate the registry information with urban planning information, improving the attention to citizens and, particularly, to the businessmen of the city who have the possibility of having planning information linked with the properties in order to plan their investments.
During its 30 years of activity, Galileo has participated in several projects in the Canary Islands, such as the Plan of Municipal Computerization and the Plan of Continuous Modernization, the System of Economic and Accounting Management (SIGEC) of the Cabildo de Tenerife or the development and implantation of a database for the Fondo Canario de Financiación Municipal.
Regarding its international activity, Galileo began the Plan of Municipal Modernization in the Republic of Cape Verde (1999-2003), whose aim is the administrative decentralization of the country through the creation of a municipal structure. Since then, projects have been or are being carried out in the Canary Island, Cape Verde, Mauritania, Morocco, Cape Verde, Mexico, Venezuela, Argentina, Uruguay, Nicaragua, Belize, Ecuador, Colombia, and Panama. It also have its own offices in Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, La Gomera, La Palma, Madrid and Praia (Cabo Verde).