It has been announced that from October 19 the "Panama online" program will be launched, allowing application forms to be submitted and requests for public documents to be made electronically.
The first online processes to be made available to the public are: Police Records (DIJ), from October 19; Payment of ATTT Tickets were using the National Payment Gateway provided by the Caja de Ahorros, Application for maternity allowance (CSS), and Application for loan balances (IFARHU) which will be available on October 30.
In the first phase of the Single Window for Electronic Foreign Trade authorization will be given for export declarations for sea products, and in a second stage, for agricultural products.
From a statement issued by the Ministry of Industry and Trade:
ICIM 09/22/2016.Through the Single Window for Electronic Foreign Trade (VUCE by its initials in Spanish), the Ministry of Trade and Industry has initiated the electronic approval of exports, a joint piece of work with the National Customs Authority, the Government Innovation Authority, the Aquatic Resources Authority of Panama, the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the Ministry of Agricultural Development (MIDA), said Minister Augusto Arosemena, who announced that this is one of the pioneering projects in trade facilitation in our country.
The launch of an online approval system for mineral export inspection has been announced.
From a statement issued by the Honduran Institute of Geology and Mines:
Tegucigalpa April 20, 2016.- In a representative event by the Honduran Institute of Geology and Mines INHGEOMIN, a step has been taken towards the cutting edge with the launch of the online Inspection Approval Module for Exporting Minerals, which is a new technology platform that will benefit exporters as a new form of communication between citizens and the INHGEOMIN in its capacity as regulator of mining activities in Honduras.
The deadline for ruling on applications for simplified registrations is now 5 working days from the moment the application is submitted, and validity of the registry of cosmetics and low risk foods has been extended to five years.
The simplified registration process for cosmetics and food is as follows:
Using a mobile application travelers arriving at Tocumen airport can carry out security prechecks up to two weeks before arriving in the country.
The digital system can be used by Panamanians and foreigners on computers, tablets and mobile phones, allowing travelers to enter their personal and flight data for review prior to their entry to the airport.
The Single Window for Exports has changed prices for VUPE services for the period 2016.
From a statement issued by Agexport:
Prices for emissions from the Counters issuing the Single Customs Form, Central American (FAUCA), Declaration for the Registration and Control of Exports (DEPREX) and the Single Customs Declaration (DUA) Definitive Rectifying forms have a cost of Q.85.00
Exporting companies operating under the decree 29-89 can perform their current account withdrawals digitally through the OPA Web platform.
From a statement issued by the Guatemalan Exporters Association (AGEXPORT):
In order to achieve continuous improvement in the electronic systems of the Office Processing Arrangements (OPA) and facilitate export operations, OPA has re-engineered in its online system for current account withdrawals, launching the new OPA Web system, which will allow Current Account Withdrawals via the Web, and in this way fulfill an essential requirement of companies covered under Decree 29-89.
The new legislation gives legal value to certified electronic signatures and establishes the basis for regulating service providers.
From a statement issued by the Legislative Assembly of El Salvador:
The Legislature has unanimously approved the Law on Electronic Signatures, these regulations give legal security to the certified use of electronic signatures, which through this means allows the country to be incorporated into the global environment, in which secure interactions occur within the information society.
From October it will be mandatory for declarations for the traditional and simplified taxation regimes for income taxes, sales, withholding tax and solidarity tax to be made using the electronic platform.
From a statement issued by the Ministry of Finance:
Since July 2 exporters and importers from both countries are able to manage online the Single Central American Customs Form.
With the online process the main change from the way things were done before is that information is now received by the tax authorities of both countries via the web, before the product reaches this point.
Victor Rivera, president of the National Customs Agents, told Elperiodico.com.gt that "... 'Now you can pay at the time and the information is recorded. This means, when you arrive at the office you do not need to stop to process any paperwork. This results in time saved of one or two days, representing a savings of $150 to $200 per day, which is what it costs a company to pay a driver to wait at the border. These are important changes'. "
As of August 15, companies can apply for a certificate of lawful origin required by the Chamber of Commerce via the web.
From a statement issued by the Guatemalan Exporters Association (Agexport):
Starting on August 15, 2015 it is possible to obtain the Certificate of lawful origin that is required by the Chamber of Commerce, from anywhere where there is internet access, because it will be available electronically on the platform SEADEX Web, 24 hours da, 365 days a year.
While there is a clear need for a long term, consistent and sustained policy in Costa Rica, corporate and business interests are staging a war which is impeding the development of the Digital Government.
An article on Crhoy.com highlights the main concepts dealt with in a recent eLAC forum (Building inclusive and innovative digital societies in Latin America and the Caribbean), and reviews the current status of Costa Rica's digital agenda, which currently has as its central theme a long conflict between state agencies over which Government procurement system should prevail, and which of these departments should rule on the issue.
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