Saudi DGA licenses 3 tech firms to operate 15 digital platforms of 10 govt agencies

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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The Saudi Digital Government Authority (DGA) has issued the first package of interim licenses for digital government business for three companies including Elm for Information Security, Takamol Business Services, and Thiqah, to develop and operate the existing 15 digital government platforms and products.

The list of platforms and products included Wasl, Naql, Maritime Transport, Taajeer, Washaj and ‘Drones’ of the Elm company. Ajeer, Qiwa, Musaned, in addition to ‘Donate’ of Takamol Company, besides Etimad, Saber, Ehkam, Al-Muwathaq, and ‘Sedr’ of Thiqah Company.

These platforms and products are affiliated with 10 government agencies, including;

  • The Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development
  • The Ministry of Justice
  • The Food and Drug General Authority
  • The Public Transport Authority
  • The Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Authority
  • The State Properties General Authority
  • The National Center for Government Resource Systems
  • The National Center for the Development of the Non-Profit Sector and,
  • The Saudi Federation for Cybersecurity, Programming and Drones.

The number of transactions carried out through these platforms and products exceeded 53 million annually, as these transactions contributed to improving the access of individual beneficiaries and the business sector to services.

The Governor of DGA, Eng. Ahmed bin Muhammad Al-Suwayan, stated that granting these licenses aims to achieve the objectives of the authority and carry out its functions, as these interim licenses are one of the outcomes of the “Experimental Regulatory Environment for Digital Government Business” initiative launched by the authority in November of 2021.

The DGA praised the cooperation of all government agencies to which the licensed products are affiliated, explaining that these efforts come as a result of joint work with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and the Communications and Information Technology Commission.

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