Electronic Signatures in Panama

The Executive has given approval for the Public Registry of Panama to be the certification authority for electronic signatures in the Republic of Panama.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

This authorization will facilitate the expeditious processing of electronic government services avoiding manual processes and achieving better coordination of management information between public agencies, said Abraham Carrasquilla, director of Public Registry.

This step should provide speed, efficiency and transparency of public administration, the official said, according to Laestrella.com.pa.

"This initiative is one of the President's Unforgivables and in its first stage it is estimated that 100,000 signatures will be available nationally for both the public and private sectors," said Carrasquilla.

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