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Galexia undertakes third extension to ASEAN E-Commerce Harmonisation work - April 2007

One of the key steps to be fulfilled in the e-ASEAN Framework Agreement[1] is that Member Countries will need to allow the mutual recognition of digital signatures across borders in ASEAN.

The new ASEAN E-Commerce Project (Phase 3) on the Mutual Recognition of Digital Signatures is designed to help ASEAN Member Countries develop a common strategy to meet this objective.

The development of an ASEAN Digital Signature Strategy will assist ASEAN countries in addressing the legal, policy, technical and infrastructure issues needed to develop common methods for mutual recognition of digital signatures. It will assist those countries with legal infrastructures to make necessary adjustments and provide direction for those countries yet to implement an infrastructure.

Five steps have been identified as necessary in the establishment of a harmonised legal framework covering mutual recognition of digital signatures in ASEAN:

  • Step 1: Develop recognition clauses for foreign digital signatures;
  • Step 2: Develop recognition criteria for foreign digital signatures;
  • Step 3: Identify interoperability model (amongst six available models worldwide);
  • Step 4: Establish governance structure or arrangement for accreditation of foreign digital signatures; and
  • Step 5: Establish a technical committee/body to monitor the implementation of mutual recognition of digital signatures.

This phase runs from April through to December 2007.

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[1] ASEAN Secretariat, e-ASEAN Framework Agreement, 2000, <http://www.aseansec.org/6267.htm>.