Electronic Signature to Begin on June 15 in Guatemala

Authorities of the Ministry of the Economy announced the date when the Electronic Signatures Registry (REF) will begin to operate.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Deputy Economy Minister Erasmo Velásquez stated that they will be publishing the regulations, which will give a legal base to the registry, in the coming days.

Urías Gamarra journalist wrote in an article in Prensalibre.com: "Certifying companies that will need an investment of $190 thousand in order to be able to operate, in addition to complying with ISO 27.001 standard, which deals with information technology security."

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Delay in Electronic Signature in Panama

August 2012

The use of digital signatures scheduled to begin this year is several months late and will not be implemented until February 2014.

Several factors are responsible for the delay, among which is the delay in the tendering act which had to be performed twice, said Hernando Carrasquilla, director of Public Registry. The company awarded the tender was the Spanish consortium Indra Sistemas.

Chamber of Commerce Implements Electronic Signatures

January 2012

The Guatemalan Chamber of Commerce is the first entity to become a Registration Authority for the issuance of electronic signatures in the country and Central America.


A press release from the Ministry of Economy of Guatemala states:

Guatemala, January 9th , 2012. Today at a press conference, Finance Minister Luis Velásquez alongside authorities from the Certification Service Providers Registry, RPCS - Guatemalan Chamber of Commerce -GCC-and the Inter-American Development Bank, BID introduced the GCC as the first certification services provider, an entity that as of February this year will implement Electronic Signature use.

Guatemala Activates Electronic Signatures

June 2009

Electronic signature certifiers can now register themselves in the recently inaugurated Registry of Certification Service Providers.

The Registry of Certification Service Providers (RPSC, acronym in Spanish) will enable the operation of entities that provide electronic signature certification.

Electronic signatures come into force in Guatemala

September 2008

Transactions or electronic documents will be legally valid starting October 1.

This is in accordance with Decree 47-2008, the Law for the recognition of electronic communications and signatures that was published yesterday in the Diario de Centroamerica (Central American newspaper).

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