Panama Must Drive Faster in Technology

Although progress has been made in the last years, technology adoption must be much faster, specially in government paperwork.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The implementation of Digital Signatures is one of the top must-does. Although the legal framework has been ready for more than a year now, regulation and norms have only been approved a couple of days ago, and there is still no entity responsible of administering and supervising the system.
Some entities, like PanamáCompra, are ready to do their paperwork digitally, but the lack of digital signatures forces them to use paper.

Technology development has a multiplier effect, as both companies and the State save time and money.

In their article on the subject, published by, Yolanda Sandoval and Raúl Bernal indicate that "All the processes are done faster. Human and material resources now used in manual tasks are redirected to productivity enhancement tasks. This is yet to be seen in Panama".

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Panama: Electronic State Correspondence

May 2013

The implementation of a new electronic state correspondence platform for the country will save $3 million annually in paper, time and operating costs.  

From a press release by the National Authority for Government Innovation (AIG):

The Cabinet Council has approved a special appropriation in the amount of $1.5 million in favor of the National Authority for Government Innovation (AIG), in order to promote an electronic state correspondence system.

$ 12.5 Million for Paperless Panama Program

March 2011

Scheduled to launch in 2012, the program will enable electronic exchange of information among state institutions and improve services for users.

According to Eduardo Jaen, administrator of the Government Innovation Authority, there is an analysis being made at institutions with most transactions, the Comptroller General's Office and the Ministries of Economy and Finance, Social Development, Education and Health.

Panama Will Implement Digital Signature

August 2009

The project is currently in the analysis phase, but it is expected to be operating within the first 100 days of the current administration.

Roberto Henríquez, Commerce and Industry Minister, said that implementing digital signatures will simplify administrative procedures, for benefit of the country's economy.

E-Commerce unregulated in El Salvador

February 2009

The draft for the Electronic Signature and Communications Law, which must be approved by the Assembly, is required for regulationg electronic operations.

Carmen Molina, in her article in, writes: "Given that the Law must be approved by the Legislative Assembly, it is expected that the representatives discuss this transcendental topic in an open and interested way.

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