Cuba Boosts E-Government by Expanding Digital Signature

A provision by Cuba's Council of Ministers in force as of Wednesday speeds up the introduction of the digital signature in entities and agencies of the State, Government and finance.

Council of Ministers’ agreement 9266 of 2022 establishes that by April 30, 2022, the digital signature mechanism will have to be used in the bodies and agencies of the Central State Administration, the Central Bank of Cuba, all national institutions and local bodies of the People’s Power.

The text establishes that the Ministry of the Interior will issue in March the regulations to implement it and the Ministry of Communications is in charge of enforcing them.

According to the document, the introduction of the digital signature in financial and governmental institutions is accelerated in order to achieve greater efficiency in the management of public administration within the framework of the Digital Government.

Based on the quality, systematicity and promptness of this experience, assessments will be made for its subsequent generalization to citizens.

Since 2018, Cuba has recognized the validity of documents in digital format signed electronically with the use of digital certificates from the National Public Key Infrastructure.

Since 2016, the Ministry of the Interior established the Public Key Infrastructure in the interest of the cryptographic protection of official information of the Republic of Cuba and approved the regulations on its operation.

In Cuba, the company Softel, attached to Grupo Empresarial de Informatica y Comunicaciones of the Ministry of Communications, provides that kind of service.