New digital platforms in Saudi Arabia need prior clearance; DGA

By Arya M Nair, Intern Reporter
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The Digital Government Authority (DGA), which oversees all matters related to the digital government in Saudi Arabia, has issued a circular to all government agencies and their affiliated or associated institutions confirming the need to obtain prior approval from the Authority before establishing any new digital platform.

The circular includes, mobile applications, websites on all domains, integration channels, and digital services, which are either created directly by the entity or through a contracting company.

The circular reflects Authority’s efforts to regulate digital government activity and platforms, websites, services, networks, and the unified national portal, as well as arranging operations and management and related projects, disseminating them to relevant authorities, and monitoring their compliance. Developing digital government plans, initiatives, indicators, and measurements, for example.

Commenting on the circular released, Eng. Ahmed bin Mohammad Al-Suwaiyan, Governor of the Digital Government Authority said that the circular supports developing a proactive digital government capable of delivering highly efficient digital services, achieving integration in the digital government field among the different government agencies, and enhancing the private sector’s investment landscape.

Al-Suwaiyan emphasized the significance of the circular’s directives, citing the need to unite all sectors and strengthen the Authority’s relationship with government agencies. He also pointed out that electronic transactions, services, and technical infrastructure are the main elements of Saudi Vision 2030.

The Authority attributed the issuance of the circular to its desire to move government services towards new heights and keep pace with global trends in the field. In addition, the circular clarified that obtaining approval requires filling out the necessary form and submitting applications by visiting its official website.

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