UAE unveils API Marketplace for private sectors to develop digital services

By Arya M Nair, Intern Reporter
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The UAE Government has launched the UAE Application Programming Interface (API) Marketplace enabling the private sector to co-design, develop multi-channel digital services, and provide value-added innovative customer experience.

The UAE API Marketplace, which marks the launch of a new digital public-private partnership (PPP) model to develop government services, aims to facilitate people’s lives by developing interconnected, fast and seamless digital solutions and services, in partnership with the private sector, app developers, and coders, using APIs provided by the government.

The Federal Tax Authority (FTA), the Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority (TDRA), and Amazon formed the first partnership on the platform for the UAE government. Through this partnership, the services of the FTA will be linked directly to Amazon systems, thus promoting operations automation and accelerating sellers’ registration in the Amazon store in UAE.

The UAE API Marketplace was launched in collaboration between the Emirates Government Services Excellence Program (EGSEP) and the TDRA.

Ms. Ohood bint Khalfan Al Roumi, Minister of State for Government Development and The Future stated that the API Marketplace embodies the government’s role as a catalyst for promoting collaboration and partnerships with the private sector to develop advanced digital government services.

The collaboration with Amazon represents the early fruit of UAE API Marketplace and a starting point for launching new partnerships. Through this, Amazon UAE will provide an automated business model to facilitate the experience of sellers, thus enhancing the eCommerce practices in the UAE.

In March 2021, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, adopted the UAE Strategy for Government Services. The strategy includes initiatives for providing advanced and efficient digital services accessible to customers from anywhere at anytime, and expanding partnerships with various segments of society.

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