The Ministry of Finance (MoF) has signed an agreement with Dubai eGovernment Department for the eDirham G2 services to be adopted as a tool for collection of government entity fees in in Dubai. The agreement was signed by H.E. Younis Haji Al Khouri, Under-Secretary of Ministry of Finance, and H.E. Ahmad Bin Humaidan, Director General of Dubai eGovernment at the Ministry of Finance headquarters in implementation of its strategic plan to expand the network of federal and local government entities using the eDirham system
This will bring to three the number of electronic payment methods provided by Dubai eGovernment to the public in the public and private sectors. The other two methods are credit cards and direct debit from customer’s account and are used for such services as paying Dubai Electricity and Water Authority’s bills, licence renewal fees and Dubai Police’s fines, topping up Salik and Nol and donating to Dubai Cares in addition to paying for medical fitness certificates and healthcare facility licence renewals from Dubai Health Authority.
The MoU signing ceremony was also attended by Sumaia Bin Hammad, Director of Communication and Business Development Department at Dubai eGovernment, Saeed Rashid Al Yateem, Executive Director of Revenue and Budget at MoF, and Azza Al Suwaidi, Director of Revenue Development Department at MoF.
Commenting on the signed agreement, Al Khouri has underscored the effectiveness of the strategic relationship between the MoF and Dubai eGovernment. He said: “This agreement highlights how far the MoF is committed to co-operate with all federal and local government entities in the UAE with the aim of applying the best practices of government financial work and consolidating its contribution to supporting the process of achieving sustainable development.”
He added: “Since the eDirham system project was launched, the MoF has been working on strengthening the capabilities of this system in order to provide customers and government and non-government entities with a secure method of payment through adopting the latest information technologies and following the world’s best practices in the field of electronic payment and the new collection mechanisms, which are the most secure and efficient.”
Meanwhile, H.E. Ahmad Bin Humaidan, Director General of Dubai eGovernment, said: “Dubai eGovernment always seeks to offer innovative methods to make it easy for the public, both individuals and businesses, to complete their transactions and pay for their government services in such a manner that saves their time and efforts in line with our main objective of “customer first”. While this agreement with the Ministry of Finance is a quantum leap in this connection, the fact that the eDirham is linked with the other global payment networks and offers new and diverse online payment methods and channels that suit all sections and categories of people has led the standard of service provided to the public to be upgraded through an integrated online payment system in the UAE.”
Bin Humaidan added: “Signing this agreement with the Ministry of Finance is an example of our co-operation with the federal entities in implementation of the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to change the UAE into an eCountry.
The Ministry of Finance is carrying on its efforts to provide the eDirham G2 system with a diverse package of electronic payment methods including payment by mobile phone, electronic kiosks, virtual electronic wallet and the feature of transfer and direct debit from bank accounts with the aim of upgrading the collection of financial resources in the UAE.