New law of Turkmenistan defined the legal force of electronic documents

New law of Turkmenistan defined the legal force of electronic documents

Electronic documents in Turkmenistan can now be notarized, as well as used as evidence in court. The Law “On electronic document, electronic document management and digital services” that was published and entered into force on March 26 established their legal force.

The legal instrument should increase the efficiency of public administration and accelerate the process of making managerial decisions in the public and private sectors. Thus, social issues of citizens of the country will be addressed much faster and more efficiently. Various certificates and receipts will be issued in digital form, and applications and other documents will be sent to government agencies remotely via the Internet.

Under the Law, a system of interdepartmental electronic document management will be established in the country. It will be based on state-regulated centers for registration and certification of electronic digital signatures. They will serve private and public electronic document management systems, ensuring the legal force of their electronic documents.

Each institution has the opportunity to use its own document management system, but it must meet a number of criteria that will allow it to be integrated into the interagency system. The Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan will approve unified standards of interaction between various digital systems of ministries, departments and local authorities. At the same time, the system should be open, i.e., provide a possibility to add new functions and applications to it.

The promulgated Law will allow fulfilling the requirements specified in the Decree of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov on the complete transition of all institutions and organizations of Turkmenistan to the electronic document management platform. The document was signed by the head of state at the end of February.