The new law strengthens the legal value of the digital signature which will be supported by modern secure technologies. It will have full legal authority to be accepted as if it were a handwritten signature.

The Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority (TDRA) has confirmed that the Electronic Transactions and Trust Services Act promulgated by Federal Legislative Decree No. 46 of 2021 begins a new stage of global digital transformation in the Emirates United Arabs. The new law strengthens the digital economy and consolidates the UAE’s position to become one of the leading countries in the provision of digital services. It will accelerate the achievement of national targets and indicators such as Online Services Index (OSI), Ease of Doing Business Index, Global Entrepreneurship and Development Index, global competitiveness index and innovation indices.

He added: “The UAE has the best infrastructure, advanced technologies and accumulated experience in the use and employment of emerging technologies in the service of economy and society. This law is complementary to efforts to transform the UAE into a digital nation characterized by a strong partnership between various sectors. “

On this occasion, SE Eng. Majed Sultan Al Mesmar, Director General of the Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority, said: “The enactment of the Decree Law on Electronic Transactions and Trust Services marks the start of a new stage in the process. of global digital transformation in the United Arab Emirates. . This law deals with many details of the daily life of different segments of society, including individuals and businesses. This will have a positive impact on the country’s higher goals in terms of promoting the digital economy and consolidating the UAE’s global reputation as an investment hub.

The new law comes into effect at an important point in our country’s history, as we celebrate fifty years of our country’s age, which is full of inspiring stories. We are preparing more for the next fifty years, supported by digital empowerment tools underlined by this law.

He added, “We at TDRA will continue to work with our public and private sector partners on the basis of our responsibility to enable digital transformation at the national level. We are inspired by the guidance of smart leadership to secure all the catalysts needed to establish a fully digital life, where everyone easily interacts and gets their services digitally.

For his part, HE Major General Suhail Saeed Al Khaili, Acting Director General of the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) said: “The promulgation of the Decree Law on Electronic Transactions and Services trust, represents a new turning point in the next 50. It will serve as the basis for building trusted and trusted digital transactions that enhance the identification of individuals’ identities and confirm the authenticity and integrity of data sources. The pillars of foresight require support for digital capacities by building a legislative roadmap aligned with the aspirations of our country.

Al Khaili added: “Within the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Port Security, we work with various partners to support entities, institutions and members of society with all data and electronic records related to verification of personal identity. This will improve the flexibility of concluding and implementing various digital transactions nationally and internationally. These efforts are aimed at strengthening the UAE’s position globally and helping the UAE government achieve its goals of employing technology for the benefit of humans within a framework of well-established legal laws and executive regulations. .

The law on electronic transactions and trust services reinforces the legal value of the digital signature so that it is supported by modern and secure technologies. It will have full legal authority to be accepted as if it were a handwritten signature. The digital signature will eliminate the need for a personal presence to conduct transactions in institutions, banks and courts, whether inside or outside the country. People inside and outside the country can perform their various government transactions, such as contracts, agreements and other transactions, using digital signature, provided these countries adopt an identity system digital and trust services with standards similar to those of the United Arab Emirates.

The new law improves the facilitation of licensing processes based on new services that support digital transactions. It allows many civil and commercial transactions, such as marriage, personal status and notary, and real estate transactions such as rental, purchase, sale and modification of contract. It will increase the efficiency of legal proceedings and the settlement of civil and commercial disputes. This will make it easier to accept, create, or keep files in electronic folders. The digital signature will facilitate the issuance of authorizations, licenses or approvals in the form of electronic records, and the acceptance of fees or other payment in electronic form. It will make it possible to make bids and receive bids related to public procurement electronically.

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© Press release 2021


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