The following list includes public and private organizations which make up the support environment for business sector.

Pharmaceutical Sector Council

In 2008 the Productive Office was established and supply chains were prioritized, within which lies the Pharmaceutical Industry. The Pharmaceutical Sector Council implements policies designed by the Productive Office for the development of the sector. It is composed of national and international companies and public and private institutions related to the pharmaceutical area, which have worked together in the preparation of a diagnosis and action plans that are currently being implemented.

Biotechnology Sector Council

Aanalogous to the Pharmaceutical Sector Council, the Biotechnology Sector Council brings together all sector related stakeholders. Given that the development of biological drugs is the current technological trend, both councils work together in coordination in the area of Human Biotechnology.


Sindicato Médico del Uruguay (SMU)

It is an association which brings together health professionals, providing different type of services for its members, including representation before the government and other institutions, information to members, training, among others.

Uruguay's Chemistry and Pharmacy Association (AQFU)

Professional association which brings together Pharmaceutical Chemists graduated from the School of Chemistry of the University of the Republic. It offers its members ongoing training, participation in activities related to their profession, union and social information and activities.

Association of National Laboratories (ALN)

Founded in 1943, it brings together national and regional pharmaceutical companies aimed at promoting the development of the pharmaceutical industry in Uruguay.

Chamber of Pharmaceutical and Related Specialties (CEFA)

It gathers affiliates of multinational pharmaceutical companies. 

Uruguayan Association of Biotechnology (AUDEBIO)

This association brings together companies and institutions related to biotechnology, including the participation of human health-related organizations. Its goal is to support the development of biotechnology in Uruguay.

National Chamber of Commerce and Services (CNCS)

It was founded in 1897. Its mission is to safeguard the general interests of the trade and services and the private sector of the national economy, upholding the principles of liberty in the broader sense in the frame of the rule of Law. “The National Chamber of Commerce has always followed a consistent line of action in the defense, promotion and advice of the private business sector throughout the country”.

The Chamber of Free Zones of Uruguay (CZFuy)

It was established in October 2008 with the purpose of strengthening the free zone regime of Uruguay as well as promoting the development of business platforms from the Uruguayan free zones. Business community that forms the CZFUY is composed of developers (operators) and users (direct and indirect) of the Uruguayan Free Zones.


Latin American Integration Association (ALES)

ALES is a private international agency made up of 25 public and private institutions from 16 countries with the main objective of promoting Latin America as an exporter of knowledge and to promote it as an attractive destination for investments, in order to turn the region into a global services hub.

Latin American Integration Association (ALADI)

ALADI seeks the creation of an area of economic preferences for the region, with the final objective of achieving a common Latin American market, through three mechanisms: a regional tariff preference system; regional agreements (common to all member countries); & partial agreements, by two or more countries in the area.


The first social network for businesses in the Americas, dedicated to promoting foreign trade and international investment. With the slogan “Take the world with your hands,” the proposal of the platform is to help Small and Medium Enterprises to grow their businesses internationally in three steps: CONNECT, LEARN AND FINANCE.


Tax Administration Office (DGI)

It is the primary tax collection agency of public resources needed by the State. Through the collection of taxes, the DGI provides over 80% of these resources. The DGI is an organism that is part of the Central Administration and the Ministry of Economy and Finance.

Social Security Administration (BPS)

The BPS is the public entity in charge of the social security system in Uruguay and it is responsible for collecting practically all the contributions made by companies and employees and for keeping the work record of every member up to date.

State Insurance Bank(BSE)

State Insurance Company of Uruguay, created by law in 1911, in order to support the productive growth of our country. For 100 years, the BSE is regulated by the law 16.074, which gives it a monopoly in the portfolio of labour accidents.

Presidency of the Republic

The Presidency of the Republic is responsible to guide, develop and ensure the fulfillment of the State policies.

Ministerio de Salud Pública (MSP)

Its mission is to establish policies and strategies for the performance of essential public health functions, in order to ensure collective health as a basic human right and a public asset which the State is accountable for. In this regard, it is the agency which establishes and delivers regulations required for the authorization of production and registration of drugs.

Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mining (MIEM)

It is responsible for the design and implementation of government policies related to the sectors of industry, energy, mining, telecommunications, micro, small and medium sized companies, aimed at the transformation and strengthening of the national productive industry, its energy matrix and communications system, for sustainable development with social justice, in the framework of regional integration and insertion in a globalized world. In this framework, the MIEM leads the Sector Councils policy, two of which are related to the sector.

Ministry of Tourism and Sport (Mintur)


Its mission is to guide, encourage, promote, regulate, investigate and monitor tourism activities and services directly related to it.

Ministry for Foreign Affairs (MRREE)

It is the political-administrative State body responsible for planning, managing and executing of foreign policy and international relations of Uruguay.

Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF)

The tasks of the Ministry of Finance are defined by Decree 574/974 which establishes that it is responsible for conducting the national policy on economic and financial matters and trade.

Agency for the Development of the Government of Electronic Management and the. Information and Knowledge Society (AGESIC)

It is an official body attached to the Presidency of the Republic. Its purpose is to improve citizen services, using the possibilities offered by Information Technology and Communications (ICT).

Uruguayan State Portal

Complete guide and organized procedures and information of the State. In this site you can find the links to the Uruguayan State's sites which provide either English translated contents or online translation tools for different languages.

Single Windows for Foreign Trade (VUCE)

It is a mechanism for foreign trade which optimizes and unify through electronic media, information and documentation in a single point of entry to fulfill all import, export and transit procedures.

Integral Investment and Foreign Trade Information System (SIICEX)

It centralizes and presents in a friendly manner, to both public and private sectors, the necessary information to support the decision-making processes in terms of foreign trade and investments.