In 2019, the member countries of MERCOSUR (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay) took an important step in regional integration by signing an agreement on mutual recognition of digital signatures issued in one of the member countries.
However, the entry into force of this instrument is not automatic but requires the ratification of its signatories. This formality was fulfilled by Argentina at the end of 2020. Uruguay, on the other hand, did so in mid-2021. Accordingly, as of August 12th, 2021 digital signatures issued in one of these countries are valid in the other.
Uruguay is already the second country with which Argentina has a mutual recognition of digital signatures, the first one being Chile.
The digital signature allows subscribing electronic documents with the same legal validity as a handwritten signature, preserving and guaranteeing its authenticity, authorship and integrity.
Therefore, while we await the ratification of Brazil and Paraguay, which would extend the mutual recognition of digital signatures to those countries, we welcome this new momentum that has the potential to facilitate cross-border trade between Argentina and Uruguay.
For more information on digital signatures in Argentina click here.